1 August 2017
by EH for the North Herts & Stevenage Green Party
Richard Cano (Hitchin&Harpenden), Tim Lee (Herts NE), Victoria Snelling (Stevenage)
North Hertfordshire and Stevenage Green Party members were extremely busy in the recent elections, making sure that Green policies were well represented in all debates. We stood candidates in all divisions in North Hertfordshire In the County Council election in May. Across the nine divisions in our area, we polled a total of 2,235 votes, with our best result in Hitchin Rural, where Mary Marshall gained 338 votes (9.8% of the total).
At the same time, we worked hard on our General Election campaign, standing candidates in the three constituencies in our area - Richard Cano in Hitchin and Harpenden, Tim Lee in North East Hertfordshire, and Victoria Snelling in Stevenage. Our candidates went to all hustings events that were organised so that people could hear their views. This included events in Hitchin, Harpenden, Baldock, Royston, Stevenage - and an online Facebook event, organised by the Comet newspaper.
The hustings were well attended, with concerns raised on many issues, including cuts to education budgets, the state of the NHS, Brexit, and the renewal of the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system. Our candidates argued passionately for a future that works for the common good, with well-funded public services and innovative ideas which contribute to a fairer, greener world.
In total, our candidates gained 5,379 votes. Tim Lee held onto his deposit in North East Hertfordshire, with 2,965 votes (5.3% of the total). He said:
“I want to thank everyone who voted Green in the General Election, you demonstrated that you care about the environment and believe there is a different, better way. The future is Green.”