Greens become Brighton and Hove council's largest party

Green MP Caroline Lucas Green MP Caroline Lucas said people "liked what they have seen" from her party in Brighton and Hove

The Green Party has become the largest single force on Brighton and Hove City Council - a year after the city returned the UK's first Green MP.

The Greens gained 10 councillors but fell five short of taking overall control of the council.

The party now has 23 councillors, while the Conservatives have 18, down from 26, and Labour remains with 13 members.

Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, said the party's gains were partly due to longevity in the city.

She said: "I don't think there's anything actually intrinsic about Brighton and Hove.

"I think it is simply that we've had a strong presence here for many years.

"We have been here for an awfully long time and built up from a small base, each time doubling our vote and getting more councillors elected.

"We've had councillors here since 1996, people have seen Green policies in action, they like what they see, and they want more."

A statement from the Green Party in Brighton said the city now had the largest Green group of councillors in the country and it was "a huge vote of confidence".

The Greens said they would now talk to other parties about implementing their manifesto pledges at what was a very challenging time for local government budgets.

More on This Story

Vote 2011 Vote 2011 graphic

Related Stories

BBC Sussex

Weather

Brighton

11 °C 11 °C

Features

  • photo of patient zero, two year-old Emile OuamounoPatient zero

    Tracking first Ebola victim and and how virus spread


  • A young Chinese girl looks at an image of BarbieBarbie's battle

    Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?


  • Prosperi in the 1994 MdSLost in the desert

    How I drank urine and bat blood to survive in the Sahara


  • Afghan interpetersBlacklisted

    The Afghan interpreters left by the US to the mercy of the Taliban


  • Flooded homesNo respite

    Many hit by last winter's floods are struggling to pay soaring insurance bills


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.