Manchester Greens are celebrating a successful set of results in Thursday’s local elections after winning a fourth seat on Manchester City Council.
Anastasia Wiest has become the Green Party’s third councillor in Woodhouse Park, winning the seat from Labour to complete a clean sweep of Green victories in the ward.
Anastasia will join fellow Woodhouse Park councillors Astrid Johnson and Rob Nunney, and Hulme councillor Ekua Bayunu, in representing the Greens in Manchester Town Hall.
Anastasia Wiest, new Green councillor for Woodhouse Park, said: “I’m over the moon to have been elected and thank the residents of Woodhouse Park for putting their faith in me at the ballot box. I promise to work hard to champion the ward and ensure local issues get addressed.
“I’m especially delighted to be able to say that Woodhouse Park has become Manchester’s first-ever all-Green ward! The Green voice is only getting louder here in Manchester.
“I joined the Green Party as it is the only party that recognises that social and environmental justice come hand in hand. I can’t wait to join Astrid, Rob and Ekua in the council chamber to stand up for local people and our environment.”
This year’s local elections proved successful overall for Manchester Green Party, as it remained Manchester’s joint largest opposition party with four councillors.
A full slate of 33 Green candidates stood across Manchester’s 32 wards, with the party finishing second in 15 wards across the city.
Wards where Greens did especially well included Piccadilly and Moss Side, where the party achieved strong second-place results.
Scott Robinson, Chair of Manchester Green Party and the party’s candidate in Piccadilly ward, said: “We’re delighted by these great results. They show that Mancunians have put their trust in the Green Party and our vision of making Manchester a more equal, sustainable and enjoyable place to live.
“Thank you to every voter and campaigner who helped get more Greens elected here. Our councillors will continue to work tirelessly for a fairer, greener Manchester.”
Notes to editors:
The Green Party is the second largest party on Manchester City Council with four councillors. The Green group leader is Cllr Astrid Johnson.
Manchester is one of four Greater Manchester boroughs with Green representation. In addition to councillors in Manchester, the Greens have active councillors in Tameside, Stockport and Trafford.
The Green Party currently has over 500 councillors across England and Wales, two members of the House of Lords, three London Assembly members and one Member of Parliament.
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