General Election 2017
June 2017 Election
Thank you everyone for your help and support with our campaigns in Islington North and South. Whether you joined us for the first or the fortieth time, we have spread Green ideas across Islington and built a platform for our future campaigns.
June 8th 2017 was the night when Caroline Lucas doubled her majority and Conservative expectations were confounded. Theresa May was denied her mandate. For those who were at the count, it was a memorable and exciting experience, though for all Jeremy Corbyn's achievement, he's still mistaken on Brexit. He has still not grasped the urgency of climate change and after last night he will be even further away from supporting voting reform. Whatever happens now, it is our job here in Islington to maintain the pressure, and we will be updating you soon on our forthcoming campaigns.
Candidates for Islington North and Islington South
On April 27th, Islington Green Party launched its biggest and most ambitious General Election campaign yet as it announced its candidates for the two parliamentary seats in Islington.
Local party members voted for London Assembly Member and Islington Councillor Caroline Russell to contest the seat of Islington North and for pro-EU campaigner Benali Hamdache to stand in Islington South and Finsbury.
The Green Party is the second party in Islington, having achieved record results across both constituencies in recent elections and having the only council seat beyond Labour. The Greens will be campaigning against the Labour and Conservative Parties’ reckless support for extreme ‘Brexit’ as well as for cleaner air, a fairer and more sustainable economy and making housing more affordable; all issues that directly affect people in Islington.
Cllr Caroline Russell said: “Islington is one of the most pro-European areas in the country and yet our local MPs have voted with the Tories in support of triggering an extreme version of ‘Brexit’ with devastating economic and environmental consequences. As Islington residents know, I campaigned hard for the UK to remain in the EU in the referendum last year. I will speak up for every one who believes in the stability of Europe and values the closest possible partnership with our European Neighbours. I will also campaign for the rights of EU citizens living and working in Islington who were denied a vote in the referendum but who now, to the disgrace of this government, face an extremely uncertain future.”
In last year’s London elections, the Greens took third place behind Labour and the Conservatives with 13% of the North East London constituency vote. In 2014 the Green Party achieved 19% of the vote across the borough in the local council elections and 16% in the European elections.
Caroline Russell continued; “Having beaten the Lib Dems in all recent elections held in the constituency, I am the clear choice that could seriously contend for the seat where 78% of people voted to remain. Despite my respect for the work that Jeremy Corbyn has done as our constituency MP, I feel that as Labour leader he is not listening to Islington’s views on this fundamental issue.”
“I am proud to be the councillor for Highbury East, a community where I have lived for twenty five years, and to represent the interests of all Londoners in my role on the London Assembly. As an Islington councillor it is an honour to work day in day out with such a rich diversity of people living in our borough as I work with them to address some of the very serious issues many face as a consequence of years of government cuts.
I am standing to give all residents in Islington North the chance to vote for an MP who will resist an extreme Brexit, stand up for the environmental and employment protections that are threatened by the Great Repeal Bill and be a hard-working local champion for Islington North in Parliament.”
Benali Hamdache said; “Islington South and Finsbury is a seat that voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU but is currently represented by Emily Thornberry who voted in favour of triggering Article 50, endorsing the Government’s plans to lead us to an extreme ‘Brexit’. Not only does that leave Islington’s EU citizens vulnerable to being used as negotiating pawns, but it also looks set to remove many of the economic, social and environmental benefits that EU membership currently gives us. Many voters are considering their options and I want to stand on a strong pro-EU platform and explain why leaving the single market and customs union is not inevitable.”
Our 2015 General Election Results
The Green Party is a growing party in Islington having achieved record results across both constituencies in recent elections.
In the 2015 General Election, Islington Greens secured their best ever results with big increases in vote shares and a strong third place in Islington North
The results were:
Islington South and Finsbury
What does a Green vote mean? A quick glance at our key pledges demonstates our progressive and much-needed policies. The environment is important to us, of course, but so is reducing inequality and working for the common good of all Islington residents, workers and businesses. We want to move towards a healthy, sustainable and safe economy that works for all of us and not just the privildged few and big business.
Vote Green to support these policies:
- Fair Economy - End austerity and create over one million jobs
- Public NHS - Free social care for over-65s
- Decent Homes - Build 500,000 social rented homes and cap rents and introduce longer tenancies
- Better Transport - Return the railways to public hands
- Free Education - Scrap university tuition fees
- Safe Climate - Take serious action on climate change and pollution
Your help and support with our campaigns in Islington North and South has been incredible. Whether you joined us for the first or the fortieth time, we have succeeded in our main objective - to build a strong and stable team to secure seats on Islington Council next May.
It was the night when Caroline Lucas doubled her majority and Conservative expectations were confounded. Theresa May was denied her mandate. For those who were at the count last night, it was a memorable and exciting experience, though for all Jeremy Corbyn's achievement, he's still mistaken on Brexit. He has still not grasped the urgency of climate change and after last night he will be even further away from supporting voting reform. Whatever happens now, it is our job here in Islington to maintain the pressure.