The Green Party ran a record number of council candidates nationally in 2016, following on from a full slate of general election candidates across the entire West Midlands region in 2015. We now have councillors in every county in our region, following a February 2016 by-election victory by Duncan Kerr for Oswestry South, Shropshire Council.
We have 25 councillors on 10 councils, up from 3 councillors on 3 councils in 2010.
Past election success
In 2016, the Green Party made another leap forward:
- In Worcester, Neil Laurensen retained his St. Stephen seat and Louis Stephen won in Battenhall. In doing so, the Green Party deprived the Conservatives of a majority and gave the Green Party balance of power
- In Solihull, the Green Party won in Shirley West (Maggie Allen), Shirley South (Max McLoughlin) and Smith's Wood (Jean Hamilton). Cllr Chris Williams retained his Chelmsley Wood seat with a whopping 75% of the vote.
- In Cannock Chase, Paul Woodhead won in Hednesford South
- In Nuneaton, Keith Kondakor retained his Weddington seat
- In Shropshire, Duncan Kerr won Oswestry South in a by-election
In 2015, the Green Party had continued success:
- In Leamington, Ian Davison was elected to Warwick District Council
- Felicity Norman and Jenny Bartlett retained their seats on Herefordshire Council
- In Solihull, Mark Wilson won in Smith's Wood
In 2014, the Green party won five seats, and held one seat, as well as winning a by-election:
- Cllr Andy Hodgson defended Shirley South, and Tim Hodgson (Shirley West), James Burn (Chelmsley Wood) and Stephen Holt (Smith's Wood) all won council seats. With 10 councillors, the Solihull Greens became the opposition, the first time that has happened for any Green Party in the West Midlands.
- Ian Bonner won Nuneaton Weddington, becoming the 2nd Green on Nuneaton and Bedworth council.
- Wenslie Naylon won Newcastle-under-Lyme's Keele ward with 40% of the vote to become the first Green councillor ever in North Staffordshire.
- Jenny Bartlett won the Leominster South by-election for Herefordshire County Council, beating the Tories into 2nd place.
In 2013, the Green Party won four seats across two county councils (Worcestershire and Warwickshire):
- Keith Kondakor won Nuneaton Weddington, beating the Tory county council leader
- Jonathan Chilvers won Leamington Spa Brunswick with 62% of the vote from Labour
- In Worcester, Matthew Jenkins built on their success from 2012, winning St Stephen division
- John Raine won Malvern Trinity by 5 votes after a recount, pushing UKIP into 2nd place.
In 2012, the Green party successfully defended all its seats in the region, and made several new gains:
- Chris Williams was elected in Chelmsley Wood with 63% of the vote. Two others were both successfully re-elected, taking the Solihull group upto 5 Councillors
- Will Duckworth became the Green Party's first ever Black Country councillor, in Dudley
- In Worcester, Neil Laurenson became Worcester's first elected Green on 50% of the vote
- Nuneaton elected Keith Konkador as Warwickshire's first Green councillor
In 2011, the Green Party gained a number of seats in the region:
- Two new Councillors, Alison Walters and Karl Macnaughton, won in Smith's Wood and Chelmsley Wood in Solihull, with 46% and 51% of the vote respectively. Cllr Howard Allen, a former Liberal Democrat Councillor, switched allegiances in Shirley West to increase our Councillor base to four seats in Solihull.
- Tom Harris won our first ever seat on Stafford Borough Council
- Felicity Norman was elected to the Leominster North seat of Herefordshire Council. The Green Party won 3 seats on Leominster Town Council on the same day.
- Luna Deller was newly elected in West Malvern, joining John Raine, who held his seat at the same time.
- In Dudley, Worcester, Leamington Spa and Malvern Hills, the Green Party had very strong second places with good chances of winning more seats at the next opportunity.
In 2008, the Green Party celebrated a huge win in Solihull, where the first Solihull Green was catapulted on to the Council, beating the Council's Labour Leader. Mike came fourth with 9% in 2007 and first with 45% in 2008. In Herefordshire, Jacqui Tonge gained a seat on Lower Bullingham Parish Council.
In 2007, the Greens celebrated a gain in Herefordshire where Gerald Dawe won in Hollington ward, near Hereford, in a four-way nail-bighting contest. Gerald's principal campaign was against the proposed Rotherwas access road, which passes over an ancient archaeological site much loved by local people. Greens also held seats on Malvern Hills and South Shropshire District Councils. At the same election, the Green Party saw the election of Parish and Town Councillors in Leominster and Cradley in Herefordshire, Bishop's Castle and Longden in Shopshire, North Staffordshire, Evesham, Pershore, Malvern Wells, the Lickey Hills and Suckley in Worcestershire.