Harlow Greens in positive mood despite fall in number of votes
Politics / Fri 5th May 2023 at 09:29am
THE HARLOW Green Party leaders remained in positive mood after the local district elections on Thursday.
In 2022, they polled a collective 1,779 votes. This year they polled 1,534. Their best performer, Yasmin Gregory polled 387 in Old Harlow in 2022. This year, she polled 325.
After the county, we asked Ms Gregory and co-leader, Jamie Gilbert for their thoughts.
Time for the Greens to stop helping the Tories hold on to power. As I expected the Green vote in Harlow has gone backwards. The trendy middle class votes for the Greens, hence their biggest vote in Old Harlow.
The Harlow Green Party is here to stay. With a lower turnout this year than last many candidates have got fewer votes. And if the Conservatives position is so tenuous - what have the other parties with much larger backing and history than us been doing for the last years to push them out. Klara Bow, Harlow Green Party.
Old Harlow residents have every right to vote according to their values. Especially as they live in an area where the tree felling has been intensive in the last two months. Councils and developers seem to have waited until nesting time to commence the onslaught. People will have their reasons for voting with a straight bar, rather than tactically, as David thinks they should.
Unfortunately Mr Foreman is out of touch as these elections have proven to be a truly historic moment for The Green Party. Mid Suffolk is no longer a Conservative council after the Greens gained 12 seats to win 24 in total – with the Tories losing ten wards. And closer to homeThe Greens were also behind the Conservatives losing overall control of East Hertfordshire, where no party won a majority.
There is and should be room for a third party in Harlow. Regardless of outcome huge congratulations for standing.
David foreman, you are so out of touch, look up and down this country. The greens are growing stronger each year. Where as the conservatives up and down this country lost big big time. From little Acorns, mighty oaks grow,,, and I'll tell you another thing we will save those oaks,,, unlike you lot, who care nothing about them, only the money it's brings to tear them from the ground. Green party candidate for netteswell.
David Forman, is completely incorrect in his biased assessment of the Green voters. As has been seen in East Herts and across much of the South East, far from ‘helping’ the Tories, the Greens are taking votes from disillusioned Conservative voters. This pattern is clear in Harlow too. The Labour vote is largely static and their scope for improvement is very limited. Disgruntled Conservative supporters are either voting Green or not voting. Labour is not perceived as a viable alternative. The voting numbers clearly show this.