Caroline Allen, Green Party Assembly candidate for North East Londonsays thank you
Thank you to the 29,677 people who voted for me in the London Elections!
It’s a fantastic result; we came a very comfortable third in the North East constituency with 15.46% , the LibDems trailing in 4th with 6.09%.
For much of the day I was actually in 2nd, until the ballot boxes from Chingford were opened! In the event the Conservatives were only a few percent ahead, at 18.6%.
I am very much looking forward to seeing the ward breakdowns.
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jeanette Arnold, the Labour Party candidate, on her victory.
In the Mayoral election Greens gained 14,498 1st preference vote (7.5%) in the North East constituency, a massive contribution towards Jenny Jones’ 3rd place. We also gained 41,074 2nd preference votes (26.7%) in the region.
I have been lucky to have worked alongside the most amazing and inspirational team of volunteers across the constituency and to have met many residents working, often against the odds, to improve their local area and help their community.
A special mention should go to Mustafa Korel, the Hackney Greens campaigns coordinator, who came a fantastic 2nd in the Hackney Central by-election, increasing our vote share, in spite of heavy campaigning by the Libdems.
I’m sorry I wasn’t always able to make every event and was sometimes frustrated not to do be able to do more, but like many people I have to work full-time to pay the bills. I am really proud of our positive campaign.
What is clear is that when people get to hear about our policies and see our hard work they vote for us. Our messages on key issues such as housing, inequality, policing and small business were very well received and of course people know that we are the only party to really understand how to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, reduce killer levels of pollution and protect our precious green space.
I look forward to continuing our campaigning across the North East of London with my amazing team and residents who want to make North London a more equal, healthy and affordable place to live. Unfortunately with Boris in City Hall our efforts are going to be needed more than ever.