Londoners vote for strong Green Party presence on Assembly

The Green Party is celebrating its largest single victory in the UK after ballot counts showed that the proportional representation aspect of the London elections has led to the election of three Green Party candidates to the new Greater London Assembly.

With Labour and the Conservatives winning nine assembly seats each and the Liberal Democrats with four, the Green Party could hold considerable strategic power in the Assembly. “It doesn’t quite give us the balance of power, but it’s getting that way and we’re very happy,” a Green spokesperson told edie. “People have said that the Assembly will be a different type of body from what we’re used to. There won’t be a traditional government and opposition, it’ll probably be flexible coalitions and the like.”

Darren Johnson, who was the Green Party’s candidate for mayor, will be one of the three Green assembly members. The other two are Victor Anderson and Jenny Jones.

The Green Party is also pleased by its performance in the constituency ballots. “We were encouraged by the results in the constituency votes because we’ve kept our deposit in every constituency,” says the spokesperson. Parties must gain at least five percent of the vote in a constituency in order to keep their deposit.

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