EU Elections 2019 in Review: Green Party

So now I move to consider the Green Party for England and Wales, which did well in the EU Elections. 2,023,380 votes and a vote share of 11.76%, resulting in 7 MEPs (up from 3).

Green Party, which came 4th in the UK, beat the Conservative Party easily and ran the Labour Party pretty close for 3rd place. In three of the constituencies (East of England, South East and South West) the Greens came in 3rd-placed.

The Green Party, despite its pitiful disorganization, had a fairly clear message: pro-EU, pro-mass immigration (in effect), and of course known for its championing of animal welfare and environmentalism. One should not assume that all Green Party voters are voting primarily for the EU and/or mass immigration. The core Green Party support is for animal welfare and/pr animal rights, and for environmental protection. In my opinion, in these recent elections the Green Party tripled and possibly quadrupled its core vote as noted in Westminster elections.

I have blogged previously about how there has always been a link between Green issues and social nationalism:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/social-nationalism-and-green-politics/

The surge in Green Party support in the recent EU elections can be put down mainly to former Labour voters who are also Remain partisans voting Green partly because of dissatisfaction with Labour’s Brexit stance (trying to ride two horses at once) and partly as a tactical vote in places where Labour has little chance anyway, as in much of the South of England. The increase may also in part have been due to increased public concern over “climate change”, species depletion and pollution of the oceans.

Most of the support for Green Party displayed in the EU elections will disappear in the next general election, but there may be a tactical or other carryover. In 2017, the Green Party received votes amounting to 1.6% of the national vote, though that underestimates Green Party support because Green Party does not contest all seats; also, there is a separate Green Party for Scotland. Having said that, the Greens did better in 2015, with a vote share of 3.6%.

The Green Party has one MP, Caroline Lucas, who may or may not retain her seat in future general elections. It also has 1 House of Lords member, 2 London Assembly members (out of 25) and 363 local councillors (out of 19,023 in England and Wales). Its membership is said to top 43,000.

There is no evidence that Green Party is about to become a major player.

Notes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Party_of_England_and_Wales

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/social-nationalism-and-green-politics/

2 thoughts on “EU Elections 2019 in Review: Green Party”

  1. In Germany with its pretty fair Mixed Member PR system ( though the nationwide minimum threshold for PR representation is a tiny bit high at 5%) there is a very small party which espouses a ‘green conservatism’ philosophy called the Ecological Democratic Party. It just goes to show not all Green parties have to like ‘watermelons’ ie ‘Red’ on the inside and ‘Green’ on the outside.

    Personally, I have always thought that a concern for the environment isn’t necessarily anathema to ‘Right Wing’ parties. Indeed, I think I am correct in saying that many Tories concerned about Margaret Thatcher’s obsession with building more and more roads in often Tory areas voted for the Green Party in the Euro elections of 1989 when they got 15% of the vote and NO seats due to our use of the archaic FPTP electoral system

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    1. Yes. In fact, there is no express pro-immigration policy in Green Party manifesto (that I have seen, anyway) but the leaders have been pushing something not far from “open borders” (which would create catastrophe socially).

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