Fiona hails Greens' results

6 May 2017

The Green Party stood in 12 of the 13 divisions in Richmond constituency – up from four divisions at the last County election in 2013. Our average share of the vote across all the seats was over seven percent. In Central Richmondshire Rupert Hildyard won more votes than the Liberal Democrat candidate, and in Richmondshire North Leslie Rowe did better than the Labour Party. Robbie Kelly in Upper Dales also polled better than Labour. In Bedale our candidate, Michael Chaloner, came second with 17% of the vote, and in Swale Fiona Yorke came second with 14%.  In both those seats we pushed Labour into third place.

  

Seat

Candidate

Vote

%

Bedale

Michael Chaloner

372

16.4

Catterick Bridge

Dave Dalton

85

4.6

Central Richmondshire

Rupert Hildyard

59

3.5

Great Ayton

Jim Peters

63

2.8

Middle Dales

Lisle Ryder

147

6.7

North Hambleton

John Yorke

127

5.8

Northallerton

Margaret Lowndes

110

6.4

Richmond

Anna Jackson

130

5.5

Richmondshire North

Leslie Rowe

208

9.1

Romanby and Broomfield

Patricia Tricker

145

5.8

Swale

Fiona Yorke

316

13.9

Upper Dales

Robbie Kelly

129

5.1

 

Across the whole County, the Green Party got over five percent of the votes cast. Because of our antiquated first-past-the-post electoral system, the Conservative Party took 76% of the seats with 53% of the votes. The broadly progressive parties – Green, Labour, and Liberal Democrat – took 10% of the seats with 34% of the vote. When will we adopt an electoral system that truly represents the wishes of the voters?

Commenting on the results, Fiona Yorke our Parliamentary candidate, said:

May I take this opportunity to thank the many hundreds of voters, from Keld to Great Ayton, who put a cross in the Green Party box on Thursday 4 May, and remind them that they will be able to do it again on Thursday 8 June. And if you missed the opportunity to vote Green in May, you get a second chance in June.