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Local issues help Greens put Labour to the sword

A TRIUMPHANT Green Party has defeated two of Labour’s best-known councillors.

A TRIUMPHANT Green Party has defeated two of Labour’s best-known councillors.

Mick Corser, the group’s leader and his deputy, Graham Craig, were the most surprising casualties of last week’s election.

Green candidates Karl Macnaughton and Alison Walters will represent Chelmsley Wood and Smith’s Wood respectively.

Coun Macnaughton said: “We now have three councillors, which gives us a stronger voice and greater representation.”

And activist Chris Williams added: “We have been out on the doorstep talking to people, who have realised we can help them on a whole slate of issues.”

For Labour, it’s the second time they’ve lost their leader to the smaller party – Hugh Hendry was shown the door in 2008.

Coun David Jamieson (Lab, Kingshurst & Fordbridge) said the Greens had capitalised on continuing disillusion with North Solihull’s Regeneration project.

“It seems that across the whole West Midlands, they poured all their efforts into winning these two seats.

“We’ve lost two members who gave years of service to these communities, unfortunately that’s politics.”

 

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