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Greens celebrate record breaking result

NEWLY-elected Green Party councillor Chris Williams took the Chelmsley Wood ward by storm, polling more than twice as many votes as Labour.

NEWLY-elected Green Party councillor Chris Williams took the Chelmsley Wood ward by storm, polling more than twice as many votes as Labour.

It’s the latest in a string of victories for the party, whose presence on the council has grown from one councillor to five in a little over a year.

“It has been incredible,” said Coun Williams. “It’s the first time we have won three seats in the borough [at one election]. It’s a record result.”

Coun Williams said that public anger had hurt both the Tories and Labour locally.

“The Conservatives have scraped through,” he said. “Their majorities have been slashed in every ward.

“You have Tory voters who voted for Thatcher who are disgraced with David Cameron. They’re saying they will never vote Tory again.”

The 28-year-old, a former Lyndon School pupil, put his party’s success down to hard work, their focus on “the people’s issues” and opposition to HS2.

But Coun David Jamieson, leader of the Labour group, said the Greens had simply capitalised on the backlash against regeneration in Chelmsley Wood.

“People have voiced their anger about the parts of regeneration they don’t like, like the loss of green space, and we’ve taken the rap for that,” he said.

 

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