Isle of Wight Greens are celebrating after winning 2 seats in the Local Election – which will lead to the formation of the first official Green Party group on the Isle of Wight Council.
Joe Lever (Carisbrooke and Gunville) and Claire Critchison (Chale, Niton and Shorwell) both took their wards from Conservatives, with Councillor Critchison defeating the Conservative leader Dave Stewart by an overwhelming majority of 240 votes, as previously reported by Island Echo.
A potential third Green Party councillor was narrowly missed when Cameron Palin missed out against the Conservative candidate, Stephen Hendry, in the Osborne ward by a mere 4 votes.
Whilst the Green Party vote on the Isle of Wight has been particularly strong in recent years, with one of the highest Green votes in the entire country, there had been no Green Party group on the Isle of Wight Council before now. Cllrs Lever and Critchison have already been officially sworn in as Councillors at County Hall on Saturday morning.
“this breakthrough success has been a long time coming! Thousands of islanders have been voting Green at consecutive elections and they really deserve to finally have party representation at County Hall. I am incredibly proud to be the councillor for the residents of Carisbrooke and Gunville, and cannot wait to advance our Green vision for the area and the Isle of Wight as a whole.”
“it has been an incredible team effort which has finally led to the successful election of Green Party councillors such as Joe and myself. It is important to say that it is not just the brilliant team of the candidates, campaigners and supporters for the Green Party who are bringing change, but all the other new councillors from across the Island who will be taking their seats with us this time.
“I am hopeful that by working together we can make a real difference for people living in our towns and villages across the Isle of Wight in the years to come.”
The 2021 election has resulted in a situation of No Overall Control for the Isle of Wight Council, with a minority of 18/39 councillors representing the Conservative Party. Talks will be taking place in the coming days.
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