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Greens are on the up, says SDC leader

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The Greens have become the biggest party on Stroud District Council, with a record number of councillors, writes Sue Fenton.

The party now has 22 seats on Stroud District Council, up from 14, winning nine new seats and holding 13 existing seats. 

Cllr Catherine Braun, who held her seat for the in Wotton-under-Edge Ward and remains Leader of Stroud District Council until the Council’s Annual General Meeting on May 23, said: “Greens are on the up with a wave of support nationwide, and we’re delighted with the success of Thursday’s vote, which makes us one of the largest Green groups in the country. 

5 stroud greens | Greens are on the up, says SDC leader
Left to right: Martin Pearcy, Jonathan Edmunds and Martin Baxendale, who kept their seats in (respectively) Coaley & Uley; Randwick, Whiteshill & Ruscombe; and Stroud Valley – all with healthy margins. 

“These fantastic results show that people here in Stroud District are putting their trust in the Green Party – they know we do politics differently and that we have a vision of positive change for communities, our shared environment, and the local economy.

“Congratulations to our successful candidates – I know they will give their all to address the issues that matter most to residents.

“Our success is testament to the hard work of our candidates and support teams, who knocked on hundreds of doors and delivered thousands of leaflets during the election campaign. 

3 stroud greens painswick team | Greens are on the up, says SDC leader
Cllr Gary Luff (centre), who won last year’s by-election in Painswick for the Greens, with Matt Sergeant and Pete Kennedy, who took the other two Painswick seats on Thursday.

“It also reflects the gains for the Green Party across the country, with historic results like Greens becoming the biggest party in Hastings and Bristol as well as Stroud district. 

“The unpopularity of the Conservative Government and the desire of many people for an alternative to the main parties has translated into votes at the ballot box for the Greens.

4 stroud greens the stanleys team | Greens are on the up, says SDC leader
Marisa Godfrey (left) was elected in The Stanleys, joining Steve Hynd, who retained his seat there.

“We’ll be looking to work collaboratively with other parties to achieve a fairer, greener district. We will now be discussing with other parties how this might look, and more details will be available before the Council meeting on May 23, when the new council leadership team will be elected.

“We will work to accomplish our manifesto aims of warm and affordable homes; a clean, green district; thriving market towns and villages; public services that work; and restoring trust in politics.”

Cllr Beki Aldam, Deputy Leader of the Green group, who held her seat in Thrupp by a large margin, said: “Thank you to every voter and campaigner who helped get Greens elected here. We offer a hopeful and positive vision for supporting people through the cost-of-living crisis, improving community wellbeing, promoting our local economy, and action on climate and nature. We will now start to develop and implement that vision through practical policies that will make a real difference for the residents and businesses of Stroud District.”

1 stroud greens election result | Greens are on the up, says SDC leader
Some of the Green group celebrating after the results.

Kate Kay, elected in Nailsworth to fill the vacancy created by the death of her husband, Norman Kay, said: “I’m so thrilled to have been selected by the voters of Nailsworth to join the Green team. I look forward to working tirelessly for fairer, greener communities across Stroud District.”

Overall SDC results

Greens 22 (up from 14) 

Labour 20 (up from 4)

Conservatives 7 (down from 19)

Liberal Democrats 2 (down from 3)

(Of the 22 Greens, 11 are women and 11 men.)

Green holds and gains

Amberley & Woodchester: Sarah Canning GAIN

Bisley: Martin Brown HOLD

Chalford: James Boyle, Helen Fenton, Tricia Watson HOLD

Coaley & Uley: Martin Pearcy HOLD

Minchinhampton: Gill Thomas GAIN, Chloe Turner HOLD

Nailsworth: Kate Kay GAIN

Painswick & Upton: Pete Kennedy GAIN, Gary Luff HOLD, Matt Sergeant GAIN

Randwick, Whiteshill & Ruscombe: Jonathan Edmunds HOLD

Stonehouse: Carol Kambites GAIN

Stroud Slade: Natalie Rothwell-Warn GAIN

Stroud Trinity: Lucas Schoemaker HOLD

Stroud Valley: Martin Baxendale HOLD

The Stanleys: Marisa Godfrey GAIN, Steve Hynd HOLD

Thrupp: Beki Aldam HOLD

Wotton: Catherine Braun HOLD, Gareth Kitchen GAIN

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