First Green Elected to UK Parliament

Brighton Pavillion was considered the UK Greens’ best shot at picking up an MP this election, and the results are rolling in as I type. Carolina Lucas, leader of the Greens, has won Brighton Pavillion–becoming the first Green elected to the United Kingdom’s Parliament.

34 thoughts on “First Green Elected to UK Parliament

  1. Concerned Citizen

    Wow, that was fast!

    Listening to BBC live; there were strong showings by all three of the major parties, making this even more amazing.

    Other third parties not doing so well tonight, from what I have heard.

  2. Concerned Citizen

    Robert Milnes, is there any chance that PLAS could work in the UK?

    It definitely wasn’t used this time; this is a miracle.

  3. Concerned Citizen

    Independent Richard Taylor has been defeated.

    With such a tight parliament, slight possibility that Lucas may actually have some impact.

  4. Concerned Citizen

    It’s interesting how the results of all parties are mentioned immediately. Ballot access seems to be pretty good. The Christian Party, Christian People’s Alliance, Monster Raving Looney Party and Restoration Party, as well as UKIP and BNP, all getting a lot of publicity.

  5. Robert Milnes

    I don’t think I ever said a Green could not get elected to Parliament. Or that PLAS was NECESSARY to get a leftist elected. Once in a while there are freak occurrences/circumstances. Allende Chile 1970. & We have Bernie Sanders. What I have said is that the election of a leftist government is VERY rare. And that PLAS should be a reliable way to elect a PROGRESSIVE government.

  6. Trent Hill Post author

    “Listening to BBC live; there were strong showings by all three of the major parties, making this even more amazing.”

    Strong showings in the popular vote, but the first-past-the-post system means that the LibDems are going to only fetch around 6-8% of the MPs, despite the fact that they’re going to get ~22% of the popular vote.

    Similarly, the UKIP will likely place fourth of all parties–with around 3.5%. They’ll either get no PMs or one. With proportional representation they would get 20ish.

  7. Concerned Citizen

    I was talking about Lucas’s constituency particularly. Lucas won by a pretty comfortable margin, but even the Liberal Democrats, several thousand votes behind in fourth place, had a viable candidate.

  8. Gene Berkman

    Ballot access in the UK is very easy. You collect a very small number of signatures – 10 or 20 – and pay a deposit. If you get a certain percentage of of the vote, your deposit is refunded.

    The real measure of failure is if you get too small a vote total, you forfeit your deposit.

  9. Trent Hill

    It’s 500 pounds, the deposit, for MP.

    Small parties will be powerful in whatever coalition government is put together–the two majors can’t form governments themselves.

  10. Concerned Citizen

    George Galloway (Respect) just lost to Labor. Damn it!

    A very mixed night for third parties (actually all parties, for that matter).

  11. Ross

    Woo! Good for the UK Greens. Hopefully we’ll see a similar showing in some state legislative races here in the US this year.

  12. Greenie Weenie

    They elected their first Member but they actually got little less of the vote than last time, a 0.1 percent drop.

  13. Derek

    Greens and Libertarians need to play the game. Focus on say 10 viable US House seats and 3 US Senate seats. Obviously, the smart thing would be to focus on the smallest districts.

  14. Trent Hill

    Nigel Farage lost his bid to unseat the Speaker, UKIP got nearly a million votes, placing 4th in the overall vote count, but secured 0 MPs.

  15. WalterGPW

    The Green national vote when down .1% but the raw number of votes went up from 257,758 in 2005 to 285,616.

    I suspect that the diverting of resources and manpower to the target seats, particularly Lucas’, hurt other Greens GOTV operations a bit. And that can probably explain why many Green candidate will probably will not see their deposit returned

  16. Same socialist different party

    Another socialist under a different party elected. Not impressed.

  17. Ross

    Greens aren’t socialists. There are definitely socialist Greens, but it’s not a socialist party at all.

    Derek, I think 3 US Senate seats is WAY out of the league of any minor US party. Even one is. Possibly even one US House seat. I would say focus on a few state legislative and possibly state senate (but those are even bigger than US House districts sometimes) seats that are winnable first.

  18. Trent Hill

    Ross is absolutely right. Unless the LP/CP/GP have a very high-profile candidate, US Senate seats aren’t even in question. The same goes for US House seats (except for maybe when former congressmen join and such, ala Virgil Goode with the CP). State legislative seats should be the targets.

  19. Green Party Conservative

    The Scotish National Party also did very well.
    The Scotish National Party is part of one of the green parties making up the European Green Party in the European Parliament.

  20. Tiradefaction

    I have to say, this was a pretty good year for me in terms of British elections. Hung parliament, where the Lib Dems will probably now enter government, a seat won for the Greens, Alliance made headway into Northern Ireland, and RESPECT lost it? one MP (George Galloway) and will hopefully collapse afterwards. A good election overall…

  21. Green Party Conservative

    Remember the Green Party in the United Kingdom, according to the BBC, had Green Party candidates on the ballot in over 500 of the districts. There are 648 districts in the U.K.

    Imagine if the Green Party ran 350 candidates for U.S. House (out of 435 seats).

    36 Green Party candidates for U.S. Senate..

    Green Party candidates in every race makes the most sense.

  22. Green Party Conservative

    Here’s Michael Bloomberg’s Business Week Mag take on the Green Party election to British Parliament..

    The Green Party won its first seat in the House of Commons as leader Caroline Lucas took Brighton Pavilion on England’s south coast from Gordon Brown’s Labour Party.

    Lucas, a member of the European Parliament since 1999, won 31.3 percent of the vote, compared with 28.9 percent for Labour’s Nancy Platts and 23.7 percent for Charlotte Vere of the Conservatives. The Green Party, which came third at the 2005 election, overturned a 12-point Labour majority

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-07/u-k-green-party-wins-first-commons-seat-in-brighton-update2-.html

  23. Don Lake and the seeds for AMERICAN parliament .....

    From: “vvc@shocking.com” Add to Contacts
    To: Prime Minister Gail Lightfoot
    Cc: MP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary] ; Prime Minister Ralph Hoffmann ; Prime Minister Mary J. Ruwart ; MP Vanessa Morley ; Secretary David Olkkola … more

    ——————————–
    All Voters and Non Voters
    From: MP James Ogle [Free Parliamentary]
    Subject: USA Parliament 2012

    Note: email link. –James Ogle

    Everyone, it’s me…James O. Ogle, “joogle”, the artist from whom
    the name Google derived in Oct. 1997

    [I ran for] CA Gov as a Green in 1994 and started the US Parliament…
    I’m a homeless traveler, but my name is a billion dollar gateway.

    Of course when Verne Kopytoff had the story,
    she let they mispelled googol, but the reason
    the used my name was to kickstart the no name
    program…

    A lot happened since 2009, my neighbor was murdered by a gang
    and I flipped out and moved to the San Francisco area.

    I plan to try to get the US Parliament’s web
    page going again…by 2012 maybe.”

    [a] [multi year] mock parliament

    [b] witness to New York Independence Party hack and Machavelian figure, Frank MacKay and his $500 bribe, er, ah, um check to Deform Party Bible Beater John Bambey in his Sacramento home in December ……..

    [c] MacKay was then ‘annointed’ RfP USA CEO, a non extentent office (sorta like the Constitution Party of California) ……..

  24. MN Indy

    Congratulations to the Greens. Looks like the regional parties from Ireland, Scotland, and Wales did the best of any minor parties. No big surprise there. Too bad none of the right-wing and libertarian parties picked up a seat. The UKIP got fourth place in terms of popular votes. And UKIP and BNP got about 5% combined between them. Maybe there should be some sort of agreement worked out between the UK’s Right?

  25. George Phillies

    Also, greetings and felicitations to our fellow Libertarians in the United Kingdom, who succeeded in fielding candidates for their Parliament.

  26. paulie

    Ross is absolutely right. Unless the LP/CP/GP have a very high-profile candidate, US Senate seats aren’t even in question. The same goes for US House seats (except for maybe when former congressmen join and such, ala Virgil Goode with the CP). State legislative seats should be the targets.

    Better yet, county-level in medium-population counties. Sheriffs especially, but also other county executives, and county supervisors.

  27. paulie

    And UKIP and BNP got about 5% combined between them. Maybe there should be some sort of agreement worked out between the UK’s Right?

    The UKIP would do well to steer far away from any alliance or “agreement” with the BNP.

    Also, greetings and felicitations to our fellow Libertarians in the United Kingdom, who succeeded in fielding candidates for their Parliament.

    Cheers!

    And while we are on that subject, what ever happened to a certain self-purported UK Libertarian who used to comment here and elsewhere on occassion, often in support of the conservative-leaning faction of the US Libertarian Party, usually signing on from America Online, and at least once – apparently from the US Libertarian Party’s national headquarters office? If I recall correctly, the chap had some puppies he was fond of feeding shortly after making his internet postings.

    Anyone hear from him recently?

    😛

  28. Alexander S. Peak

    My congratulations to the Green Party of England and Wales.

    I probably would have voted for the Liberal Democrats if I lived there, although I would have also considered voting for the Liberal Party or the Libertarian Party UK had either had candidates in my area. It would have been unlikely for me to vote for the Green Party of England and Wales, personally.

    But that’s just me.

    Although it’s good to see the Labour Party losing so many seats, it’s really disappointing to see the Conservative Party gain so many seats.

    Yours,
    Alex Peak

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