Lambeth Green Party celebrates vote surge which saw party overtake bloodied Liberal Democrats

Lambeth Greens are celebrating after the party’s vote quadrupled at the general election, making it one of the best performing Green areas in the UK.

Across the borough the Green Party’s vote share increased by 7.1% points in Streatham, 6.8% in Dulwich and West Norwood, and 6% in Vauxhall.

In the three constituencies covered by Lambeth the party received more votes than the Liberal Democrats gaining 12,923 votes to the Lib Dems’ 12,858.

Lambeth Green Party convener Jonathan Bartley said: “This 2015 General Election was a major breakthrough for the Green Party here in Lambeth.

“Having come second in last year’s local and European elections, we were expecting to be squeezed by the big parties under the first-past-the-post system.

“But while this happened in other areas of the country, it was a different story in Lambeth, and the Green Party produced its best ever local result at a general election.

“The fact that we overtook the Lib Dems across Lambeth in a general election, when they came so close to winning a Parliamentary seat in 2010, shows just how far the Green Party has come.”

Nationally Streatham constituency saw the 11th biggest swing toward the Green Party out of the 571 seats that the party contested nationally – despite not being a target seat at this election.

It follows the success of the local and European elections in which the Green Party came second across the borough, and a membership surge which has seen the party quadruple numbers locally in the last year.

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