Last night the Green Party topped European election polls in Bristol, contributing significantly to the re-election of Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato in the South West. Members say the result indicates a Green swing in the city ahead of the local and mayoral elections next year.
The party received 49,126 votes in Bristol, winning the popular vote ahead of all other parties.
Sandy Hore-Ruthven, Green Mayoral candidate said: “This is an outstanding result and we want to thank everyone who voted. Bristol has made the difference and voted for a future that is open and welcoming to all. The vote shows that Bristolians agree with the Greens’ clear stand for Europe and against climate change.”
“As the mainstream parties collapse, people are finding their voice and voting for what they believe in. Bristol has sent an unequivocal message to the UK and Europe and we are ready to do the same in the local elections in 2020, bringing real change to our city.”
The results in the city put the Greens on 49128 - over 17000 votes ahead of the Liberal Democrats on 31510, and ahead of the Brexit party (26071), Labour (19431) and the Conservatives (6632) . The Greens had a good showing all across the South West, receiving 18% of the vote.
Councillor Eleanor Combley, Green group leader on Bristol City Council added: “The thing that has really struck me throughout this campaign is the powerful sense of joy. People weren’t just voting Green tactically or reluctantly, or even because they had been won over by a strong campaign, but with delight and a strong sense that this was the right thing to do. They were voting for what they believe in.
I think these results will embolden more people in Bristol to vote with their hearts, and vote Green in the next election. We are set now for Sandy to become the UK’s first elected Green Mayor next year, supported by the largest Green councillor group that we’ve seen, and that is an exciting prospect for this city.”
Contact: Sandy Hore-Ruthven, 07968 192902, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
 https://twitter.com/britainelects/status/1132804496931860480?s=21 and https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48403131, typing City of Bristol into the Find your local council box