It was a great night for the Greens in Lambeth and across London last night, as we returned two assembly members, and came third in the mayoral race - our best ever result.
For the first time the Green party came third in Lambeth and Southwark. We beat the Lib Dems by over 4,000 votes on the crucial party list vote (the orange ballot paper which we were focusing on with our "Vote Green on Orange" message) across the constituency, getting over 20,000 votes and a 13% vote share. Even on the first-past-the-post constituency vote where people tend to vote for the big three parties, we were neck and neck coming just 215 votes behind the Lib Dems. In the mayoral vote, people in Lambeth and Southwark also put the Green Party's mayoral candidate, Jenny Jones, in third place.
Looking at the London elects website Jenny Jones also received 22.5% of second preference votes in Lambeth and Southwark - more than any other candidate except Ken Livingstone. Add this to the 6.8% she received in first preference votes, and this makes a huge potential Green vote of almost 30%.
This is a fantastic achievement, and means the momentum continues for the Greens as we look forward to the council elections in two years time.
You can read the full results here.
It was a great night in council elections across the country, increasing our vote share, winning targets seats and holding our existing gains.