As the dust settles on the latest set of local elections, the Green Party is walking away with cause for celebration. The party gained nearly 90 councillors across England after Thursday’s vote – its best-ever performance. Is it linked to high levels of public concern over the climate crisis? Concern over our planet’s future is likely to be just one of the key factors behind the Greens’ recent election success.
Independent 10th May 2021 read more »
The Scottish Greens are considering a complaint to election authorities after it emerged that confusion at the ballot box may have denied the party two MSPs as thousands of voters backed a similarly named right-wing unionist fringe group. Independent Green Voice (IGV), founded in 2003 by Alistair McConnachie, won 2,210 votes in Glasgow and 1,690 in South Scotland where the Scottish Greens required only a few hundred extra votes to have another member elected in each region. McConnachie launched IGV two years after he was barred from Ukip for denying that gas chambers were used in the Holocaust. Scottish Greens say they complained to the Electoral Commission when IGV was first established but the party now has concerns about a logo registered shortly before the Holyrood election. They did not raise any issues with the commission when the logo was first proposed. Scottish parliamentary ballot papers are organised in alphabetical order so IGV appeared before the Scottish Greens on the paper, which could have added to confusion.
Times 11th May 2021 read more »