Bristol Green Party today celebrated as it doubled its number of councillors in this year's round of local elections, taking the Greens' tally to four council seats. The new councillors are Rob Telford in Ashley, Daniella Radice in Bishopston. Both seats were previously held by the Liberal Democrats.
Cllr Tess Green, who has led the Greens on the council since 2011, commented:
"We are absolutely delighted with our gains and would like to thank everyone who voted Green. This result demonstrates that our policies of environmental and social justice are appealing to voters more and more. In this age of austerity voters are looking for a party which puts people before profit and works to give Bristolians more say in local decision-making – and that's the Green Party."
Voters in Ashley ward made electoral history in Bristol by electing Rob Telford to make Ashley the first ward in Bristol to be represented by two Green councillors.
Rob, who will join Green Party Cllr Gus Hoyt, said:
"It's an honour to be elected to represent Ashley ward and I'm looking forward to joining my fellow councillors. It's fantastic that voters have recognised through the ballot box that the Greens are local campaigners who are willing to speak up to protect public services, propose radical yet credible alternatives, and push for lasting change."
Daniella Radice, who was elected as councillor for Bishopston with 36 % of the vote, said:
"I've lived in Bishopston for 10 years and am over the moon to be able to represent my local area on the council. During the election campaign I have really enjoyed meeting local residents to hear their aspirations for our ward and I can't wait to start putting them into practice."
Daniella Radice, Ex-Councillor for Bishopston
Rob Telford, Ex-Councillor for Ashley