Green Party of England and Wales election results

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This article lists the election results of the Green Party of England and Wales (and its predecessors) in the UK parliamentary, European parliamentary, London Assembly, and Welsh Assembly elections.

Westminster elections[edit]

Year Candidates Total votes Average votes per candidate  % of total vote Average % of vote per candidate Saved Deposits Number of MPs
1974-02 6 4,576 763 0.01 1.67 0 0
1974-10 5 1,996 399 0.00 0.91 0 0
1979 53 39,918 753 0.13 1.46 0 0
1983 109 54,299 498 0.17 1.04 0 0
1987 133 89,753 675 0.28 1.35 0 0
1992 253 170,037 672 0.51 1.27 0 0
1997 89 61,731 694 0.21 1.34 0 0
2001 145 166,477 1148 0.63 2.75 10 0
2005 182 257,758 1416 1.04 3.29 22 0
2010 310 265,187 855 0.96 1.81 6 1
2015 573 1,156,149 2018 3.80 4.27 123 1

General election 2010[edit]

The 2010 general election[1] was a milestone for the Green Party as party leader Caroline Lucas was elected Britain's first Green MP in Brighton Pavilion with 31.3% of the vote. The Green Party fielded 310 candidates, six of whom saved their deposits. Green candidates came 4th in Norwich South, Hove, Brighton Kemptown, Cambridge and Lewisham Deptford. Overall the Green party received 1.0% of votes in the General election.

General election 2015[edit]

The Green Party stood in 571 seats across the UK in the 2015 general election.[2] They held Brighton Pavilion and came second place in Bristol West, Liverpool Riverside, Manchester Gorton and Sheffield Central, with third places in 17 constituencies.[3]

It was the first time the party garnered more than one million votes in a general election.[4] Deposits were saved in 123 constituencies, where the Green candidate collected at least 5% of the votes cast.[5]

By-elections[edit]

The party came second in the 2008 Haltemprice and Howden by-election, although unusually Labour and the Liberal Democrats did not stand candidates.

European Parliament elections[edit]

Date England and Wales Scotland N. Ireland (1st pref.) UK total Share of Votes MEPs elected Note
1979 Did not stand 17,953 0.1% 0 as Ecology Party
1984 Did not stand 70,853 0.5% 0 as Ecology Party
1989 6,569 2,299,274 14.5% 0 as Green Party (UK)
1994 471,269 23,304 Did not stand 494,561 3.1% 0 [6]
1999 568,236 57,142 Did not stand 625,378 5.9% 2 First two MEPs elected
2004 1,033,093 79,695 4,810 1,117,598 6.4% 2
2009 1,223,303 80,442 15,764 1,319,509 8.5% 2
2014 1,136,670 108,305 10,598 1,255,573 7.6% 3

European Parliament election 2009[edit]

In the June 2009 European Parliament election the party secured 1,223,303 votes or 8.7% of the popular vote compared to its 2004 vote share of 6.1%. Green MEPs Caroline Lucas in the South East and Jean Lambert in London were re-elected. The Greens came first in Norwich with 25%, Oxford with 26% and Brighton and Hove with 31%,[7] the latter a clear 6,000 votes ahead of the Conservatives in second place, but despite making steady progress all over the country with its share of the vote substantially increasing compared to the 2004 European Parliament election, it failed to gain any extra MEPs. This is thought to have been partly because of the re-apportionment of seats from 78 to 72.[8]

The regional breakdown of the vote was as follows:

Constituency Candidates Votes[9] % ±%
East Midlands Sue Blount, Richard Mallender, Ashley Baxter, Matthew Follett, Barney Smith 83,939 6.8 +1.4
East of England Rupert Read, Peter Lynn, James Abbott, Marc Scheimann, Angela Thomson, Andrew Stringer, Amy Drayson 141,016 8.8 +3.2
London Jean Lambert MEP, Ute Michel, Shahrar Ali, Joseph Healy, Miranda Dunn, Shasha Khan, George Graham, Priya Shah 190,589 10.9 +2.5
North East England Shirley Ford, Iris Ryder, Nic Best 34,081 5.8 +1.0
North West England Peter Cranie, Maria Whitelegg, Ruth Bergan, Samir Chatterjee, Jill Perry, Justine Hall, Margaret Westbrook, Geoff Smith 127,133 7.7 +2.1
South East England Caroline Lucas MEP, Keith Taylor, Derek Wall, Miriam Kennet, Jason Kitcat, Hazel Dawe, Jonathan Essex, Matthew Ledbury, Steve Dawe, Beverley Golden 271,506 11.6 +3.8
South West England Ricky Knight, Roger Creagh-Osborne, Molly Scott Cato, Richard Lawson, Chloë Somers, David Taylor 144,179 9.3 +2.1
West Midlands Felicity Norman, Peter Tinsley, Chris Williams, Ian Davison, Vicky Dunn, Dave Wall 88,244 6.2 +1.1
Yorkshire and the Humber Martin Hemingway, Shan Oakes, Leslie Rowe, Kevin Warnes, Lesley Hedges, Steve Barnard 104,456 8.5 +2.8
Wales Jake Griffiths, Kay Roney, Ann Were, John Matthews 38,160 5.6 +2.0

European Parliament election 2014[edit]

London Assembly elections[edit]

The party won 3 of the London-wide seats at the 2000 and 2004 elections, and 2 of the London-wide seats at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 elections.

Wales Green Party election results[edit]

Welsh Assembly elections[edit]

Welsh Assembly elections Constituency votes Share of constituency votes Seats Regional votes Share of regional votes Seats Total Seats Share of Seats
1999 1,002 0.1% 0 25,858 2.5% 0 0 0%
2003 0 0% 0 30,028 3.5% 0 0 0%
2007 0 0% 0 33,803 3.5% 0 0 0%
2011 1,514 0.2% 0 32,649 3.4% 0 0 0%
2016 25,202 2.5% 0 30,211 3.0% 0 0 0%

2016[edit]

In September 2015 Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of GPEW, announced her intention to stand in the National Assembly elections for Wales Green Party. [10] Wales Green Party who create their own set of devolved policies around devolved issues in Wales were hopeful of gaining three Assembly seats from the proportional representation lists in the 2016 elections.[11]

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Change Candidates
Mid and West Wales 8,222 3.8% −0.3% Alice Hooker Stroud, Grenville Ham, Pippa Pemberton, Frances Bryant, Brian Dafydd Williams
North Wales 4,789 2.3% ±0.0% Duncan Rees, Martin Bennewith, Petra Haig, Gerry Wolff
South Wales Central 7,949 3.4% −1.8% Amelia Womack, Anthony Slaughter, Hannah Pudner, Chris von Ruhland
South Wales East 4,831 2.5% −0.2% Pippa Bartolotti, Ann Were, Chris Were, Katy Beddoe, Andrew Creak
South Wales West 4,420 2.6% ±0.0% Lisa Rapado, Charlotte Barlow, Laurence Brophy, Mike Whittall, Russell Kennedy, Thomas Muller

2011[edit]

The Wales Green Party again fielded candidates in all 5 top-up regions for the 2011 election. For the first time since 1999, the Greens also stood in a constituency - they once again opted to stand in Ceredigion.

During the 2011 campaign, they specifically targeted Labour voters with the aim of persuading them to use their regional list vote for the Greens, using the slogan "2nd vote Green". They claimed that Labour list votes were "wasted" and that over 70,000 votes in South Wales Central went "in the bin at every election" as Labour had never won a top-up seat in that region.[12]

On this occasion, South Wales Central was the region the party targeted. The region includes Cardiff, with its large student population, and also the constituency of Cardiff Central, the only Liberal Democrat-Labour marginal seat in Wales. Welsh Green leader and South Wales Central candidate Jake Griffiths stated they were also aiming to attract disaffected Liberal Democrat voters in the region.[13]

The Greens polled 32,649 votes, 3.4% of the total votes cast for the regional lists.[14] In South Wales Central, they took over 10,000 votes, 5.2% of the total, though they were still almost 6,000 votes away from winning a seat. The regional results were as follows:

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Change Candidates
Mid and West Wales[15] 8,660 4.1% +0.1% Leila Kiersch, Marilyn Elson
North Wales[16] 4,406 2.3% -0.6% Dorienne Robinson, Timothy Foster, Peter Haig
South Wales Central[17] 10,774 5.2% +1.4% Jake Griffiths, Sam Coates, John Matthews, Matt Townsend, Teleri Clark
South Wales East[18] 4,857 2.7% -0.2% Chris Were, Pippa Bartolotti, Owen Clarke, Alyson Ayland, Alan Williams
South Wales West[19] 3,952 2.6% -1.2% Keith Ross, Huw Evans, Andy Chyba, Delyth Miller

In Ceredigion, Chris Simpson polled 1,514 votes, or 5.2%. He came fifth out of five candidates.[20]

2007[edit]

In 2007, the party again fielded a list of candidates in each of the top-up regions but no candidates for the constituencies. The Wales Green Party proposed that Wales should "be at the forefront of....a green industrial revolution". The party targeted South Wales West - the region where they had performed best in 2003.[21]

The Welsh Greens polled 33,803 votes, or 3.5% of the total, a slight decrease on 2003.[22] The party failed to win any seats, with their best performance this time being Mid and West Wales with 4.0% of the vote. In South Wales West their vote declined by one percentage point, their worst result of the five regions.

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Change Candidates
Mid and West Wales[23] 8,768 4.0% -0.1% Leila Kiersch, Moth Foster, Marilyn Elson, John Jennings
North Wales[24] 5,660 2.9% +0.4% Jim Killock, Joe Blakesley, Maredudd ap Rheinallt, Wilf Hastings
South Wales Central[25] 7,831 3.8% +0.4% John Matthews, Richard Payne, David Pierce, Nigel Baker
South Wales East[26] 5,414 2.8% -0.3% Ann Were, Alasdair McGowen, Gerry Layton, Owen Clarke
South Wales West[27] 6,130 3.8% -1.0% Rhodri Griffiths, Brig Oubridge, Jane Richmond, Jonathan Spink

2003[edit]

In the 2003 election, the party again fielded a list of candidates for each of the electoral regions but this time stood no candidates for the constituencies. The Welsh Greens failed to win any seats, polling 30,028 votes, or 3.5%. Their best performance was in South Wales West where they polled 6,696 votes, or 4.8% of the total.

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Change Candidates
Mid and West Wales[28] 7,794 4.2% +0.7% Dorienne Robinson, Molly Scott Cato, Timothy Foster, Reg Taylor, Christopher Cato
North Wales[29] 4,200 2.4% +0.2% Klaus Armstrong-Brown, John Walker, Jeremy Hart, Wilfred Hastings, Gilly Boyd, Jim Killock
South Wales Central[30] 6,047 3.3% +0.9% John Matthews, Lynn Farr, Jan Tucker, Sylvia Latham, Paul Beswick
South Wales East[31] 5,291 3.1% +1.1% Peter Varley, Ann Were, Owen Clarke, Ernie Hamer, Gealdine Layton, Teresa Telfer, Matthew Wooton
South Wales West[32] 6,696 4.8% +2.4% Martin Shrewsbury, Jan Cliff, Rhodri Griffiths, Steve Clegg, Deborah James, Tony Young

1999[edit]

In the 1999 inaugural election for the National Assembly, the Welsh Greens stood candidates in all five electoral regions used to elect "top-up" members of the assembly. Additionally, one candidate stood for the constituency seat of Ceredigion. The party stated that they aimed to poll around 7% of the vote and win at least one top-up seat.[33]

The Welsh Greens ultimately polled 25,858 votes in the regional lists, 2.5% of the total, and 1,002 constituency votes (3.1%) in Ceredigion. No Welsh Greens were elected.[34]

Region Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Candidates
Mid and West Wales[35] 7,718 3.5% Dave Bradney, Sarah Scott-Cato, Sue Walker, Timothy Shaw, Timothy Foster
North Wales[36] 4,667 2.2% Jim Killock, Christopher Busby, Robin Welch, Klaus Armstrong-Brown, Angela Loveridge, Alexandra Plows, Kathryn Turner, Gwilym Morus, Sarah Collick
South Wales Central[37] 5,336 2.5% Kevin Jakeway, John Matthews, Vivien Turner, Chris Von Ruhland
South Wales East[38] 4,055 2.0% Roger Coghill, Kevin Williams, Steve Ainley, Elaine Ross, Owen Clarke
South Wales West[39] 4,082 2.4% Graham Oubridge, Lee Turner, Janet Evans, Simon Phillips

UK Parliament elections[edit]

2015

In the 2015 UK general election, the Wales Green Party again failed to gain any MPs, but did retain their deposits in three constituencies, having achieved 5% or more of the vote. The party stood candidates in 35 of the 40 constituencies in Wales, far exceeding previous efforts. Leader at the time, Pippa Bartolotti, declared 2015 a 'record breaking year'[40] for the party. The results for the party's candidates in Wales, in alphabetical order of constituency, were as follows:

Constituency Candidate Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Turnout
Aberavon Jonathan Tier 711 2.3% 63.3%
Aberconwy Petra Haig 727 2.4% 66.2%
Alyn and Deeside Alasdair Ibbotson 976 2.4% 66.6%
Blaenau Gwent Mark Pond 738 2.3% 61.7%
Brecon and Radnorshire Chris Carmichael 1,261 3.1% 73.8%
Bridgend Tony White 736 1.9% 65.8%
Caerphilly Katy Beddoe 937 2.3% 63.3%
Cardiff Central Chris von Ruhland 2,461 6.4% 67.3%
Cardiff North Ruth Osner 1,254 2.5% 76.1%
Cardiff South & Penarth Anthony Slaughter 1,746 3.7% 61.4%
Cardiff West Ken Barker 1,704 3.9% 65.6%
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Ben Rice 1,091 2.8% 70.9%
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Gary Tapley 1,290 3.2% 69.8%
Ceredigion Daniel Thompson 2,088 5.6% 69.0%
Clwyd South Duncan Rees 915 2.6% 63.8%
Cynon Valley John Matthews 799 2.6% 59.3%
Delyn Kay Roney 680 1.8% 69.8%
Dwyfor Meirionnydd Marc Fothergill 981 3.4% 65.1%
Gower Julia Marshall 1,161 2.7% 69.2%
Islwyn Peter Varley 659 1.9% 63.6%
Llanelli Guy Smith 689 1.8% 64.5%
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Elspeth Parris 603 1.8% 53.0%
Monmouth Christopher Were 1,629 3.4% 76.2%
Montgomeryshire Richard Chaloner 1,260 3.7% 76.2%
Neath Catrin Brock 1,185 3.2% 66.2%
Newport East David Mclean 887 2.5% 62.7%
Newport West Pippa Bartolotti 1,272 3.2% 64.9%
Ogmore Laurie Brophy 754 2.1% 63.7%
Pontypridd Katy Clay 992 2.6% 64.3%
Preseli Pembrokeshire Frances Bryant 1,452 3.6% 70.7%
Rhondda Lisa Rapado 453 1.4% 60.9%
Swansea West Ashley Wakeling 1,784 5.1% 59.8%
Torfaen Matt Cooke 746 2.0% 61.3%
Vale of Glamorgan Alan Armstrong 1,054 2.1% 71.1%
Wrexham David Munnerly 669 2.0% 64.2%
Total 35 (out of 40) 38,344
Mean 1095.5 2.9% 66.0%
2010

In the 2010 UK general election, the Wales Green Party again failed to gain any MPs. The results for the party's candidates in Wales, in alphabetical order of constituency, were as follows:

Constituency Candidate Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Turnout
Brecon and Radnorshire Dorienne Robinson 341 0.9% 72.5%
Cardiff Central Sam Coates 575 1.6% 59.1%
Cardiff North Chris von Ruhland 362 0.8% 72.7%
Cardiff South & Penarth Matthew Townsend 554 1.2% 60.2%
Cardiff West Jake Griffiths 750 1.8% 65.2%
Ceredigion Leila Kiersch 696 1.8% 64.8%
Monmouth Steve Millson 587 1.3% 72.2%
Newport West Pippa Bartolotti 450 1.1% 64.8%
Pontypridd John Matthews 361 1.0% 63.0%
Swansea East Tony Young 318 1.0% 54.6%
Swansea West Keith Ross 404 1.1% 58.0%
Torfaen Owen Clarke 438 1.2% 61.5%
Vale of Glamorgan Rhodri H. Thomas 457 0.9% 69.3%
Total 13 (out of 40) 6,293
Mean 484.1 1.2% 64.45%
2005

In the 2005 UK general election, the Wales Green Party failed to gain any MPs or retain any deposits. The results for the party's candidates in Wales, in alphabetical order of constituency, were as follows:

Constituency Candidate Number of Votes Proportion of Votes Turnout
Aberavon Miranda La Vey 510 1.7% 58.9%
Bridgend Jonathan Spink 595 1.6% 59.2%
Cardiff South & Penarth John Matthews 729 2.0% 56.2%
Ceredigion Dave Bradney 846 2.4% 67.2%
Conwy Jim Killock 512 1.5% 62.3%
Gower Rhodri Griffiths 1,029 2.6% 64.9%
Neath Susan Jay Green 658 1.8% 62.2%
Newport West Peter Varley 540 1.5% 59.3%
Preseli Pembrokeshire Molly Scott Cato 494 1.3% 69.5%
Swansea East Tony Young 493 1.6% 52.4%
Swansea West Martyn Shrewsbury 738 2.2% 57.1%
Total 11 (out of 40) 7,144
Mean 649.5 1.8% 60.8%

European Parliament elections[edit]

2014

The Wales Green Party nominated four candidates for the European Parliament election, 2014.[41]

  • Pippa Bartolotti
  • John Matthews
  • Roz Cutler
  • Christopher Were
2009

In the European Parliament election, 2009 (United Kingdom), the Welsh party failed to gain any seats in the European Parliament, but increased the vote to 5.6% for the four Welsh seats.

2004

In the 2004 elections, the Welsh party failed to gain any seats in the European Parliament (with 3.6% of the vote for the four Welsh seats) and lost their only county council seat (of Klaus Armstrong-Braun in Flintshire).

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