Readers, the results of by-elections from this week featuring Green Party candidates were as follows:
Cumbria CC, Windermere: Liberal Democrats 1009 (52.3%, -9.7%), Conservatives 785 (40.7%, +22.0%), Labour 88 (4.6%), Green 46 (2.4%).
Lancaster BC, Westgate: Lab 443 (41.6%, +10.1%), Morecambe Bay Independents 193 (18.1%, +0.2%), UKIP 183 (17.2%, -7.9%), Con 178 (16.7%, -8.7%), Lib Dem 41 (3.9%), Green 26 (2.4%).
Lewisham LBC, Brockley: Lab 1190 (48.0%, +10.6%), Green 631 (25.4%, -1.7%), Lib Dem 259 (10.4%, +6.2%), Con 195 (7.9%, +0.2%), Women's Equality Party 173 (7.0%), UKIP 33 (1.3%, -4.1%).
Lewisham LBC, Evelyn: Lab 1028 (53.4%, -1.9%), People Before Profit 314 (16,3%, -3.2%), Con 183 (9.5%), Independent 173 (9.0%), Green 119 (6.2%, -6.2%), Lib Dem 107 (5.6%, -2.1%).
Poole UA, Broadstone: Lib Dem 2184 (69.3%, +28.2%), Con 733 (23.3%, -15.4%), UKIP 132 (4.2%, -9.2%), Green 57 (1.8%, -5.0%), Lab 45 (1.4%).
South Lakeland DC, Windermere Bowness North: Lib Dem 441 (60.1%, +11.1%), Con 256 (34.9%, -4.1%), Green 37 (5.0%, -0.9%).
I hoped that the current Green Party Chair, Clare Phipps, would win in Brockley but it was not to be, partly due to TUSC and PBP not contesting the election and with Labour determined to prevent my colleagues gaining group status on Lewisham Borough Council and thus forming a real opposition to Labour. In Lewisham, Labour recently cut £1.3 million from its social care budget, and this cut hits people with disabilities and developmental conditions like myself the hardest. Meanwhile in Poole, we were relentlessly squeezed by the easily victorious Liberal Democrats, whose newly elected councillor, Vikki Slade, had clearly failed to defend Mid Dorset & North Poole last year following Annette Brooke's retirement. Our saving grace is that we beat Labour, who have received their worst local by-election result in months.
Six days from now, the Witney by-election will take place, and if you are reading this blog and can help Green candidate Larry Sanders this weekend in his bid to be Witney's next MP, please come if you have time and can make it to West Oxfordshire.
Contrary to what has been posted here: http://www.outsideonline.com/2112086/obituary-great-barrier-reef-25-million-bc-2016?utm_content=buffera9dd8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=facebookpost
the Great Barrier Reef is not quite dead, but it is dying and we are undoubtedly running out of time to save what remains of it. Inaction on damage to our coral reefs, melting of Arctic ice, and acidification of our oceans is not an option; we must do more to stop more plastic and chemicals filtering into our seas, and do what we can to limit greenhouse gas emissions.