Cornwall’s Green Party is this morning celebrating the re-election of Molly Scott Cato as a Green MEP for the South West – and a massive increase in the Green share of the vote in Cornwall and across the South West. In Cornwall, the Greens won more votes than the Conservatives, Labour and UKIP combined.
The results announced last night showed the Greens increasing their share of the vote in Cornwall to 18%, up from 11% in 2014. In South West as a whole, the Greens exceeded the best estimates of pollsters, with 18% of the overall vote.
Tom Scott, the Falmouth-based candidate who was number four on the Green Party list, said:
“This is a fantastic result for the Green Party in Cornwall. We’d met many people on the campaign trail who told us that they’d be voting Green for the first time, so we were expecting to do well. But this is even better than we’d been hoping – and it bodes very well for the Cornwall Council elections in 2021 and for the next general election.
“It shows that our clear messages – Yes to Europe and No to climate chaos – really resonated with voters here, and I think it also reflects the fact that Molly has been an outstanding MEP for our region. We’re absolutely delighted that she’ll be representing us again and very much hope that this will be for a full five years. Given that a People’s Vote now looks to be the only way forward from the current deadlock over Brexit, we think it likely that it will be.”
Truro-based Karen La Borde, who was number six on the Green Party list, said:
“These results mark a real sea change in British politics. Many voters are absolutely fed up with the big parties who have got us into this mess, and are voting for fresh ideas that can help get us out of it.
“Over the past few months, I’ve been working to help persuade local councils in Cornwall to declare a climate emergency, and this result shows how many people now realise that we need to take radical steps to tackle this before it is too late. This means tough action at local, national and international level, and it’s great that Molly will be returning to the European Parliament as part of a greatly strengthened Green group there that’s determined to make this happen.”
Greens across the UK and the rest of Europe also had reason to celebrate today, after surging support in countries from Germany and the Netherlands to Ireland and Finland saw more Green MEPs elected than ever before. Altogether seven Green MEPs were elected in the UK, and the Green/EFA group is now the fourth largest in the European Parliament, giving it a powerful role in the future direction of EU policies in areas from energy and transport to farming and animal welfare.
- The Green Party’s candidates for the European Parliament elections, left to right:
Carla Denyer, Martin Dimery, Molly Scott Cato, Tom Scott, Cleo Lake, Karen La Borde. Credit: Jon Craig Photos
Individual candidate photos also available on request.
Notes to Editors
- The full Green Party list of candidates for the European Parliament elections on 23 May: Molly Scott Cato, Cleo Lake, Carla Denyer, Tom Scott, Karen La Borde and Martin Dimery.
Tom Scott (Cornwall Greens Media Officer, Euro election candidate)
Karen La Borde (Cornwall Greens, Euro election candidate)