The prospective Green Party candidates for London Mayor at the hustings, chaired by Jean Lambert MEP. Photo: London Green Party.

The prospective Green Party candidates for London Mayor at the hustings, chaired by Jean Lambert MEP. Photo: London Green Party.

Bright Green can reveal that just 7% of London Green Party members have voted in the ongoing Mayoral and Assembly candidate selection, as of the 18th August.

The 7.2% figure is from just two weeks before the end of the ballot – with the figure understood to be not considerably higher less than one week on.

That means that fewer than 1,000 of the 11,500 Greens living in London (accounting for a seventh of the total national membership) have so far voted in the ballot, according to sources.

A few dozen votes each way could swing the result, particularly with other preferences taken into account under the ranked voting system.

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A graphic from London Green Party encouraging members to vote amid concerns that turnout will be lowVoting for the contest ends on the 30th August, with the result announced on the 2nd September.

We got in touch with the Electoral Returning Officer for an updated figure, but in a fairly heated response were told figures would only be formally released at the end of the contest – despite all candidates receiving an email on turnout recently…

Six candidates are competing for the Mayoral nomination – Islington councillor Caroline Russell, transport campaigner Sian Berry, London Young Greens co-chair Benali Hamdache, Lambeth Green Party co-convenor Jonathan Bartley, Brixton activist Rashid Nix, and London Green Party co-ordinator Tom Chance. Fourteen candidates are also in the running for the eleven places on the party’s Assembly list.

Bright Green encourages London Greens to get stuck in and vote, with under a week left to decide the direction of the Greens for next May’s elections in the capital.

Read our guides to the Mayoral election here and the Assembly ballot here.

Josiah Mortimer

About Josiah Mortimer

Josiah Mortimer is a Senior Correspondent for Bright Green, writing on Westminster politics and the Green Party of England and Wales. He was Co-Editor of Bright Green between 2014-15, and is now a Contributing Editor for Left Foot Forward.