Green Party candidate Steve Wallis finished third in the Victoria Ward Newbury Town Council by-election on May 5, ahead of Labour and Ukip, almost doubling the Green share of the vote since elections in the same ward a year ago, when we came seventh out of seven candidates.
The Conservatives, whose candidate was not in Newbury on polling day, lost the seat to the Liberal Democrats. Last year the Tories won both district council seats and all four town council seats in Victoria Ward, a traditional Lib Dem stronghold.
The result consolidates the Green Party’s position as a strong third force in local politics. We have now stood in 10 council wards in West Berkshire and beaten Labour in all but one of them. Voters who reject the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats overwhelmingly choose the Green Party across the district. This gives us a very firm base to build on.
Full result: Lib Dem 487, Con 307, Green 173, Lab 142, Ukip 118, Apolitical Democrat 23, Independent 20.