Terry Wilford elected in Farnley & Wortley ward tops a day of promising results

Terry Wilford and party activist

Terry Wilford (left) with local party Secretary Andy Pointon

Greens in Leeds are celebrating today after Terry Wilford was elected in Farnley & Wortley ward to bring the total of Green councillors once again to three. The sitting Labour councillor, who was elected in a larger turn out for the General Election in 2010, found himself beaten into third by UKIP. A UKIP surge made the result closer than most years, but Terry’s 1900 votes and 34.33% share proved worthy reward for hard work throughout the year leading up to the election.

The full result follows:

Surname Forename Votes Elected Party name
Felber Alan 1606 UKIP
Fisher Samuel 416 Cons
Hardy John Hamilton 1506 Labour
Jacques Robert Hugh 76 Lib Dems
Johnson Michael James 30 TUSC
Wilford Terry 1900 ELECTED Green Party

A delighted Terry said of the result:

“I am just so pleased to be elected and want to do right by the ward and raise the Green profile with an outstandingly human empathy touch. A big thank you to everyone for their support, I hope to repay that trust in me. I want to positively address issues, and increase awareness of the green agenda.”

In the other Leeds West wards the Green results were as follows:

Armley Yvonne Clark  669 (12.92%)

Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson   358 (7.51%)

Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 724 (14.28%)

There were some very postive results elsewhere in Leeds. In Headingley Joe Salmon moved the Green Party from third to clear second with 1036 votes finishing 260 votes behind the Labour victor. This represented a 29.99% share of the vote, up from the 16.56% obtained in 2012. It was clear that the NGT Trolleybus issue garnered plenty of new support for the Greens. In the nextdoor ward of Hyde Park & Woodhouse, Chris Foren finished second with 865 votes (22.46%) beating both Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates. The Greens finished third in Armley, Chapel Allerton, City & Hunslet, Garforth & Swillington, and Kirkstall.

Across the city 17203 people voted Green, an average of 9.17% per ward. The Green Party beat the Liberal Democrats in 26 wards and the Conservatives in 6 wards.

The full results can be found here.

Leeds Green Party formally launches Manifesto and announces a full slate of candidates for council elections

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The Leeds Green Party formally launched its 2014 local election manifesto Towards a Green Leeds today, and announced their first ever full slate of 33 candidates. The launch took place at 1pm at the front of Leeds Civic Hall. Green Group Leader Cllr David Blackburn launched the manifesto along with a number of the candidates and party activists.

Cllr David Blackburn said of the news:

 “As Leader of the Green Group it gives me great pleasure to be able to say we are fielding a full slate of candidates this year, and we have an excellent manifesto to show what a Green run council would look like. If people want a real alternative to business as usual politicians, they can now look to vote Green right across the Leeds area. Locally, nationally, and in Europe we have polices that put people and the planet first, and when elected you’ll see our councillors working hard for you all year round on issues that matter and not just turning up at election time asking for your vote”. 

The manifesto sets outs a vision of a sustainable and fairer future for the city of Leeds and what the citizens of Leeds could expect if the Green Party formed an administration. As well as typically green issues like the local environment and better waste management,Towards a Green Leeds includes the Leeds Green Party’s policies on issues like community safety and crime, education, health and social care, housing, the local economy and transport. The full manifesto is available under Policies on this website.

Towards a Green LeedsOne of the key targets for the party is to obtain a third councillor in the Farnley and Wortley ward, recapturing it from Labour. Council elections since 2010 and recent canvassing suggest candidate Terry Wilford is on track to join Ann and David Blackburn the current Green councillors in that ward. Terry Wilford said of the election:

“I am looking forward to the chance to join the hard working Green councillors in Farnley and Wortley to help improve the lives of the local residents. As a local man who lives in the ward I am as keen as the local people to make sure the area is a pleasant place to live and if elected will do all I can to achieve that.” 

With a candidate in every ward there is an opportunity on 22nd May to vote for something positive and different to the three main parties. The manifesto shows how Green policies can make huge improvements to people’s lives. Joe Salmon, candidate for Headingley said:

“The public have finally got a genuine alternative to the self serving politicians and political system they’ve been let down by for far too long. This is the first step in genuinely addressing challenges posed by the economy, environment and globalisation in a sustainable fashion”.

As well as aiming to increase the number of Green councillors across Leeds, it is hoped the full slate will help boost the Green Party vote in the European Elections and elect a Green MEP for the Yorkshire and Humber region.