Election wins! Greens hold four council seats and gain two in East Surrey

Greens in Reigate and Banstead are celebrating big wins in this week’s local elections.

We won a borough and county seat from the Conservatives, and held the four seats we were defending. We now have seven councillors on Reigate & Banstead Council and two on Surrey County Council.

Surrey County Council – second Green councillor elected

Catherine Baart won Earlswood & Reigate South, with 44.56% of the vote. Catherine said, “I’m thrilled to be elected, really excited. Residents have communicated with me clearly what their local issues are – including the crematorium opposite Earlswood Lakes, the state of the roads, the lack of safe routes to school, the lack of safe crossings to Earlswood Lakes and other green spaces. I am going to try my hardest to work on those issues and sort them out.”

Catherine joins Jonathan Essex as Surrey’s second Green County Councillor. Jonathan kept his seat in Redhill East with an impressive 65.27% of all votes cast.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council– now we are seven

Cllr Sue Sinden kept her seat in Redhill East, with 64.8% of the vote.

Sue said, “I am thrilled to be elected again. A huge thank you to all who voted for me. I look forward to continue helping our residents in Redhill East and the charities I support.”

And three new councillors were elected to the borough council.

Joseph Booton and Della Torra (pictured left leaving the count) won the seats vacated by Greens Hal Brown and Sue Fenton in Earlswood & Whitebushes, where they join Cllr Ruth Ritter. The two Greens took 53.68% of the vote.

In South Park & Woodhatch, Paul Chandler won a seat from the Conservatives, with 52.3% of votes cast.

Greens are the second party in this area

Greens also came second in four wards (Banstead Village; Chipstead, Kingswood & Woodmansterne; Horley East & Salfords and Redhill West & Wray Common).  And we got the second biggest share of the votes in the county election, after the Conservatives.

Read the results in full:

Thank you!

We are thrilled with the results. With a bigger team, our Councillors can have even more impact as they press for action on climate change, protecting green spaces and wildlife, better transport and recycling, genuinely affordable homes and community facilities, and a fairer society. They will provide strong and constructive opposition on the two Conservative-dominated Councils.

We’d like to say a big thank you to all our candidates for standing, all the people who worked so hard to achieve this success, and to everyone who voted Green.  Our Councillors will work hard for you.


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  1. Zena
    Posted Sunday, 9 May 2021 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Huge congratulations to all concerned! I know how hard you all work, so it’s wonderful to see your efforts rewarded. Respect & kudos to all! 🙂

  2. Robert Palgrave
    Posted Saturday, 15 May 2021 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Congratulations from Herefordshire Green Party – very well done!

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