18 June 2017
The Green Party would like to offer a huge vote of thanks to all those involved in the smooth running of the polling and counting for the constituencies of Waltham Forest and Redbridge. They produced sterling work in so efficiently dealing with such high turnouts at this General Election.
While at Waltham Forest Town Hall, we were also thrilled to see that a good many Green voters held firm to again vote for what they truly believe in. Contrary to the opinion of some, theirs was not and will never be a wasted vote. Although The Green Party fared better in 2015 than in this recent contest, we were heartened to see the numbers who turned out to register their support for us this time round, and would like to thank them. Given the turmoil which the country has been undergoing of late, it is no wonder that the majority of the electorate voted tactically for one or the other of the so-called ‘safe’ options, either to prevent a Conservative landslide victory or to keep Labour out.
Nevertheless, it is a testament to The Green Party – which has held firm and campaigned for, amongst other things: social justice, government investment in the NHS, education and social housing and for the regulation of rogue landlords, as well as fighting to stop a hard Brexit – that much of what we stand for has now been re-adopted by Labour under Jeremy Corbyn and was a contributing factor in the reduction of the Tory majority.
However, there is still much to do. We will continue to stand as the political party of conscience to ensure that the core concerns which are troubling many people, are also correctly balanced with care for our environment and the issue of climate change, and that these are all addressed for the common good.