Leeds Green Party

David Blackburn re-elected in Farnley & Wortley

5 May 2012

David Blackburn at Leeds Civic Hall

David Blackburn was returned as a Councillor for another four years following victory in the Farnley & Wortley ward  on 3rd May. Cllr Blackburn, who in 1998 became the first Green elected in Leeds, polled 2516 (48.88%) of the vote. Cllr Blackburn obtained a 908 majority over the Labour candidate David Dresser who received 1608 votes (31.24%). David Blackburn will now serve along side his wife Ann who was re-elected in 2011 and who leads the Green group on the Council.

This result shows that when elected, Green councillors prove popular with their constituents, through tackling case work, getting things done to improve the wards they represent, and in Farnley & Wortley producing between 6 and 8 newsletters a year to highlight what work has been done and how taxpayers' money has been spent. David Blackburn has been re-elected several times and has been a Green councillor since 1998.

There were encouraging results for the Green Party across the city. For the second year running a Green candidate (David Webb) came second in the Hyde Park & Woodhouse ward, but there was further improvement as Jane Morrison finished in second place in Armley, and Morgan Tatchell-Evans also came second in the Kirkstall ward.

Chris ForJane Morrison - Armley candidateen's hard work in Headingley was squeezed by an intense contest between Labour and the defending Liberal Democrat candidate. Labour narrowly captured the seat from the Liberal Democrats leaving the Green Party in third place for the second year running with 16.56% of the vote. However elsewhere in Leeds the Green Party finished ahead of the Liberal Democrats in 9 of the 19 wards it contested, proving that the Greens do offer a creditable alternative to the three main parties. There was also evidence of this nationwide.

The Green Party of England and Wales added to our number of councillors and successfully defended seats in existing strongholds. Nationally Greens won 34 seats - a net increase of 11. The Green Party succeeded in winning seats in target areas such as Reading and Dudley and defended all six seats in Norwich where it is the second largest group on the council and the main opposition to Labour.

In London, Green mayor candidate Jenny Jones beat the Lib Dem candidate to come third. And the party also came third in the list of "London-wide" assembly members - winning two of the seats allocated via a form of proportional representation.

The Green Party contested 943 seats in 119 councils and defended 22 seats already held. Greens won an average of 9% of the vote in 454 wards and the vote is up by one point in those wards fought last year. In nearby Kirklees the Greens won an additional seat and now have five councillors. The party also gained a third seat on Reading council.

Full Leeds Green Party results follow:

Adel & Wharfedale Paul Marchant   217  3.12%

Armley Jane Morrison   596   13.57% 

Beeston & Holbeck David Smith  256  6.65%

Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson   304  7.14%

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Pete Exley    312   7.81%

Calverley & Farsley Clive Lord   297  4.55%

Chapel Allerton Colin Noble  409  7.68%

City & Hunslet Neil Seepujak   331   9.29%

Crossgates & Whinmoor Ben Goldthorp   243  4.72%

Farnley & Wortley David Blackburn  2516   48.88%  Elected

Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison   621   9.87%

Harewood Patricia Capstick 262   4.43%

Headingley Christopher Foren  457   16.56%

Horsforth Andrea Binns  317   4.81%

Hyde Park & Woodhouse David Webb  387  14.47%

Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans   437  9.84%

Otley & Yeadon Steven Crossan   474   6.34%

Roundhay Paul Ellis  486   7.17%

Weetwood Martin Hemingway  468   8.52%


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