Oh well, we gave it our best shot but it simply wasn't to be.
We always knew it would be tough to get re-elected in a local election on the same day as the general election, and despite our best efforts, we didn't quite make it. Darren was re-elected in Brockley ward, but we've been reduced from a group of 6 Green councillors down to just one. It was very close for the third placed councillor in the end, with Charlotte just 60 votes shy of getting elected.
Congratulations to Vincent, Helen and Tim, the new councillors for Ladywell. You can see the results in full here. Ladywell again had one of the highest turnouts in the borough, at 64.3%.
On a brighter note, the clear high point in an otherwise gloomy night for Greens in Lewisham was seeing Green Party leader Caroline Lucas elected as MP for Brighton Pavilion.
Thank you to everyone who supported us and the kind messages we've received in the past day or so. It is gutting to put so much work in to something only to lose, but that's politics. It was an honour to serve as a local councillor in Ladywell for four years, and I learnt a huge amount over that period. I'm proud of the work we've done, and hope to stay involved in the community as a local resident. I'm also looking forward to spending more time going out and having fun, rather than being stuck in meetings at the town hall until 10pm!
We're having drinks for everyone who helped us with our campaign next Sunday, 16th May, at Mr Lawrence Wine Bar, Brockley Road, Crofton Park, from 4-9pm. All supporters welcome.
Not quite sure what will happen with this blog, whether we'll just leave it like this, or pick it up again at some point down the line, but we'll keep it up here for now as snapshot of some of the work we did.