Saturday, May 08, 2010

Thank you!

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.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Decision Time

Well, polling day is finally upon us. Blogging has taken a bit of a back seat in the past few weeks in the hurly burly of the election campaign. We've spoken to thousands of local residents - if we didn't speak to you, we knocked on your door and tried. We've worked hard over the past four years, think we've made a difference locally and would be honoured to serve the people of Ladywell for another four years.

If you agree, we hope you'll give us your support today, and vote for Charlotte, who we believe will make an excellent councillor and ourselves, as well as Dean for Mayor of Lewisham and Darren for MP.

Ute and Sue.