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On an exciting and emotional day, West Berkshire Green Party claimed its first ever local council seats as Carolyne Culver, Steve Masters and David Marsh were elected to West Berkshire Council in elections held on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Carolyne received an amazing 62% of the vote in defeating Virginia Von Celsing, the sitting Conservative councillor, in Ridgeway ward. Soon afterwards, Steve also defeated a prominent Tory councillor, Jeanette Clifford, in winning Newbury Speen ward for the Greens. David completed the hat-trick of successes when he was elected in Newbury Wash Common ward.

The Tories also lost seats to the Liberal Democrats, and the new council has 24 Conservatives, 16 Lib Dems and three Greens – quite a contrast to the last elections, in 2015, when all but four seats were Conservative.

There were more gains for the Green Party in elections for Newbury Town Council and Thatcham Town Council. Steve Masters (Speenhamland ward) and David Marsh (Wash Common ward) were both elected in Newbury, alongside 19 Liberal Democrats and just two Conservatives – the Tories had been in control of the council, so this was a humiliating defeat.

Meanwhile, in Thatcham, Paul Field was elected Green Party councillor for Thatcham Central, making him the first Green councillor in Thatcham’s history. The new council also has 15 Liberal Democrats and two Conservatives, another overwhelming rejection of the Tories who had previously been the majority party.

Elsewhere, the Green Party received wide support across West Berkshire, winning hundreds of votes even in wards where we had never stood before.

The 16 Green candidates won more votes than the 43 Labour candidates, unequivocally confirming the Green Party’s status as the third party in West Berkshire. We also beat Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in a number of elections.

We also have Green parish councillors in Burghfield – where Alison May was elected in a highly competitive contest after coming close to winning a district council seat – East Ilsley, Frilsham, and Winterbourne.

Full ward-by-ward results:

West Berkshire Council Newbury Town Council, Thatcham Town Council, parish councils



David Marsh

About David Marsh

David Marsh is a Green Party councillor for Wash Common ward on West Berkshire Council and Newbury Town Council. He is a journalist and the author of a lighthearted grammar book, For Who the Bell Tolls: The Essential and Entertaining Guide to Grammar. He and his wife, Anna, have a seven-year-old son, Freddie, and a nine-year-old dog, Lupin. David is a trustee of two local charities, Friends of Wash Common Library and Eight Bells for Mental Health, and presents a monthly music show on Kennet Radio.

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