The Green Party has changed the political landscape in Bristol, after record gains have seen it become the joint biggest party in the city with 24 seats.
The Greens made 13 gains, including in wards not typically considered Green heartlands such as Lockleaze, Lawrence Hill and Bedminster. And the party now holds councillor seats in nearly every ward in the Bristol West constituency (9 out of 10 wards).
This follows the party’s success in the mayor election, where it achieved its first-ever second place and strong showings in the metro mayor and PCC elections.
Councillor Carla Denyer, who was returned in her Clifton Down seat with a hugely increased majority, said:
“Bristol’s voters are flocking to the Green Party in droves. It’s been incredibly exciting to receive such widespread, enthusiastic support from people who share our positive vision for the city, and appreciate that we approach politics in a very different way from the old parties.
“We hope that the Labour Mayor will work collaboratively with the Green Party now that we are on an equal footing within the council.”
The newly-elected Green councillor for Lawrence Hill Yassin Mohamud said:
“It’s an honour to be elected to Bristol City Council. Lawrence Hill is a very diverse area and people here have felt ignored for a very long time, so I’m excited to put that right alongside my Green Party colleagues. Local people have been very supportive – now Bristol Greens will begin the work to make things better in Lawrence Hill.”
Lily Fitzgibbon, 18, is the youngest Green Party city councillor and represents Bishopston and Ashley Down. She said: “Voters here in Bristol care about social and environmental justice and they trust Greens to deliver this. I’m so excited that local people have supported us and we will do everything we can to repay the faith that you have shown.”
The results bode well for the party’s chances in Bristol for the next General Election, currently scheduled for 2024. In the previous General Election in 2019, Green Party candidate Carla Denyer came second in Bristol West.