Greens achieved a record result in the capital, trebling their 2010 vote share.
The Greens saw large gains in their vote share in Holborn and St. Pancras, where Green Party leader Natalie Bennett (left) polled in third place with a 10% swing to her party. Large vote share increases were also seen in Hackney North and Stoke Newington, where candidate Heather Finlay also saw a 10% swing take the Greens to third place.
Deputy Leader Amelia Womack's Camberwell and Peckham constituency also voted the Greens into third place, as did voters in a further 12 constituencies.* Greens also saved a record 22 deposits across the capital, with their vote share increasing in all of London's 73 constituencies.
*Hackney South and Shoreditch, Bethnal Green and Bow, Islington North, Tottenham, Lewisham West and Penge, Vauxhall, Leyton and Wanstead, Lewisham Deptford, Walthamstow, Ealing Southall and Tooting.
Across the country... the Green Party polled its highest ever result in a general election securing 3.8% of the public's vote. Due to our current current electoral system Greens were still only able to elect one MP – the historic reelection of Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion, with an increased majority - rather than the 24 it would have secured under a more proportional system.
Despite strong showings bringing cause for celebration in the Green camp, under a proportional system the party could have expected to secure 3 or 4 seats in London and 25 across the UK as a whole. The party has joined with other campaigns including the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), who have launched a petition demanding that reforming the electoral system and introducing a more proportional system* be an immediate priority for the next government.
Natalie and Green Deputy Leader Amelia Womack (pictured left) were joined by politicians across the political spectrum to add their names to the petition in an event outside Parliament organised by ERS with Unlock Democracy.
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*The Green Party supports the introduction of the Additional Member System, a version of proportional representation currently used for elections to the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly, and the London Assembly, or the Single Transferable Vote System favoured by the Electoral Reform Society: http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/pa.html http://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/single-transferable-voteV
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