Readers, the results from local by-elections from 11th and 18th August featuring Green Party candidates were as follows:
North Ayrshire UA, Irvine West (1st preferences): SNP 1164 (37.5%, +0.7%), Labour 1029 (33.1%, -7.1%), Con 639 (20.6%, +8.6%), Socialist Labour 131 (4.2%, +2.6%), Green 94 (3.0%), Liberal Democrats 48 (1.5%, -3.2%). Labour gain from SNP at stage 6.
Gravesham BC, Pelham: Lab 494 (46.2%, -4.5%), Con 325 (30.4%, -3.4%), Lib Dem 101 (9.4%), UKIP 91 (8.5%), Green 35 (3.3%, -12.3%), English Democrats 24 (2.2%).
Kent CC, Gravesham East: Con 1758 (36.0%, +10.2%), Lab 1538 (31.5%, -5.5%), UKIP 1272 (26.0%, +2.1%), Green 209 (4.3%), Lib Dem 110 (2.3%, -1.6%). Conservative gain from Labour.
Richmondshire DC, Catterick: Con 228 (41.8%, +1.4%), Lib Dem 203 (37.2%), Independent 112 (20.5%), Green 3 (0.5%, -15.4%).
Wandsworth LBC, Tooting: Lab 1467 (58.5%, +13.3%), Con 644 (25.7%, -2.2%), Lib Dem 267 (10.6%, +4.7%), Green 116 (4.6%, -6.8%), SDP 15 (0.6%).
Even though the Green Party is having its leadership and deputy leadership election as we speak, with six days still remaining until voting closes, this has been one of the worst local by-election weeks for the Green Party in years, although since it is August and many voters are on holiday this should not be taken too badly. Conversely, UKIP had one of their best local by-election weeks in many months, by holding onto both Northwood seats in Thanet despite their poor record on Thanet council, trouble with some of their next potential leaders (e.g. Bill Etheridge being caught by his fiancée hiding Viagra pills and Jonathan Arnott, a top contender, pulling out of the race early), and the scandalous circumstances in which the former UKIP councillors ended up resigning (both Helen Smith and Konnor Collins were charged with shoplifting from a garden centre, Helen was also arrested for dangerous driving and Konnor aka Kevan was exposed as having faked his military service history).
Going back to the Green Party elections, this week is your last chance to vote for me, Alan Borgars, #1 for Deputy Leader this year to put the Green Party on the fast train to victory. You can do so via: https://secure.ersvotes.com/V2-4-0/(S(fbea7a1f-a405-4f8d-99e8-9e190dfb9039AMIWgIAAAAAAAA=O-8REHAOoWNZpjwhYVH))/greenparty/en/home?bbp=-1&x=-1
Hurry-voting closes on Thursday 25th!