REDDITCH’S Green Party candidate Kevin White is toasting his party’s success as they saw their share of the vote increase both in the borough and across the country.
Locally the party finished in fifth place with 960 votes – 2.2 per cent – up 567 votes on 2010.
Green Party candidate, Kevin White, said: “For us to achieve nearly 1,000 votes in Redditch is a terrific result. Voters have responded to our campaign on the living wage, preserving public services, opposing fracking, bringing the trains back into public hands, opposition to the badger cull and an end to austerity.
“I am delighted to have represented the Green Party for a second time in my home town. We ran a wholly positive campaign, focusing not on the politics of fear, but on the politics of hope.
“These are exciting times for the Green Party. Over 1 million people have voted Green, we’ve beaten the Lib Dems in over 100 seats and our membership has quadrupled in the last year. It is just a shame that under our unfair electoral system, the percentage of votes we get will not transfer to representation in parliament.”
“It’s clear that we are entering a new era of multi-party politics and we’ll continue to grow stronger as we work towards our goal of building a society and political system that works for the common good.”