19 May 2021
Merton Green Party's candidate for the St Helier by election came a well-placed third for the Labour-vacated council seat, with 12% of the vote. After an intense campaign for both the council seat and a place in the London Assembly, our brilliant champion of local causes, Dr Pippa Maslin came third with 409 votes out of the 3,416 votes cast, i.e. 42% turnout. The other local candidate, for the Conservatives, achieved double that, but victory went to the Tooting-based Labour member in this traditionally safe Labour seat.
Pippa increased her vote share this time seven-fold over the 2017 by-election, and with Greens trending steadily upwards in all areas of the UK, and with Green issues at the top of everyone's agenda, the time-served, weary old parties of the nineteenth and twentieth century need to look at their recent past and consider, perhaps it is time to stand aside for a fresh, new, Green present and future! Next stop, 2022 Council elections!
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