Greens make gains in Europe

Green parties across the pond have made big gains in recent EU Parliamentary and local government elections in the UK. Here's a summary of what happened: 

The English Green Party held their London and South East seats and gained a third in the South West, and re-established themselves as the fourth most popular Party ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

EU_Greens.jpgThe English Greens also now hold 162 council seats on 56 local governments, and are the official opposition in Liverpool, Norwich and Solihul, and the only opposition Party to hold a seat on Islington and Lewisham Borough Councils. They remain the minority government in Brighton and Hove and in addition have council seats on Bolsover, Bradford, Bristol, Dudley, Hythe, Kirklees, Lancaster, Leeds, London Assemby, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Oxford, Middlesborough, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Reading, Reigate and Banstead, Rochford, Sheffield, St Albans, Stroud, Watford, Wirral, Worcester, Worthing and York councils.
In Northern Ireland, after reorganization of the number of Councils down from 26 to 11, the Green Party obtained four seats, one in Belfast and three in North Down and Ards. In addition the Party has one seat in the Northern Ireland Assembly. 

The Scottish Green Party increased it's support to 8.1% in the European Parliament elections, holding on to a fifth place finish ahead of the Liberal Democrats. They hold two seats in the Scottish Assembly and fourteen seats on Scottish local governments, including Edinburgh and Glasgow councils.

In the European Parliament the UK group, that includes three Greens, two Scottish Nationalist and one Plaid Cymru (Welsh) MEPs, will be the 2nd largest group, behind Germany, but equal to France and Belgium, in the European Green Party/European Free Association caucus. This caucus will remain the fourth largest group in the European Parliament with 52 MEPs. 


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