The race is now firmly on in the UK's 2016 elections-for the Scottish Parliament, Northern Irish Assembly, Welsh Assembly, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Police and Crime Commissioners, and lots of English councils all around the country.
I am particularly pleased to say that the Green Party be standing in every ward in the following council areas:
There will also be many, many more Green Party candidates in other councils in England. We are also standing in the other three mayoral elections, those of Bristol, Liverpool, and Salford, where the Green Party candidates are respectively Tony Dyer, Tom Crone, and Wendy Olsen. There are also Green Party candidates for Police & Crime Commissioner elections in Avon & Somerset, Merseyside, Norfolk, Staffordshire, Sussex, and West Mercia, who are Chris Britton, Paul Woodhead, John Coyne, Martin Schmierer, James Doyle and John Raine respectively.
In Northern Ireland, there is a good chance of the Greens winning a second Assembly seat in Belfast South as well as retaining theirs in North Down. Over in Scotland, Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone et al. will be aiming for the best Scottish Green Party performance ever.
We have some excellent lead candidates for Wales Green Party in the Welsh Assembly election, specifically Alice Hooker-Stroud, Duncan Rees, Amelia Womack, Lisa Rapado and Pippa Bartolotti. Sian Berry is not only Green Party candidate for Mayor but also the lead candidate on the London Assembly list for the Green Party, where we stand to gain an extra Assembly Member.
Finally, Christine Gilligan-Kubo is our candidate in the Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough parliamentary by-election, which takes place on the same day.
Now, more than ever, green principles will be important locally and nationally. Vote Green on 5th May!