The Green Party polled more than 280,000 votes at the General Election and exceeded the 5% threshold in more than 23 constituencies – enough to see it win seats under a proportional representation system. But the Greens failed to challenge for seats in this election. Even in Brighton Pavilion, the highly respectable 22% vote for Keith Taylor was only enough to secure third place. The Greens remain optimistic that they can break through in the next General Election, however.
The Scottish Green Party was celebrating steady progress too. It points out that it outperformed the Scottish Socialist Party – which had a disappointing election night – in all 19 constituencies where it stood candidates.
Early showings from the County Council elections are also encouraging. The Greens have so far won six seats (four of them gains), and they can now boast 10 Green councillors in Oxford.OR