10 May 2021
The Green Party in Seaford made a major step forward on Friday, coming second in the Conservative-held Seaford North division.
At the previous county council election in 2017, Greens came fifth.
The Liberal Democrats' share of the vote collapsed, dropping over 15 percentage points, which the Conservatives' share fell by 6.5%.
Greens were also runners-up in two byelections in the same area, with James Meek coming second in Seaford East for a District Council seat and Claire Bishop also second in the byelection for a Town Council seat in the same ward.
Gemma Mcfarlane, Green candidate for Seaford North, said:
'Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us. All three of us in Seaford have come second which is a huge achievement - The Conservatives were worried at the counting table!
'It's pretty clear that a lot of people in Seaford have had enough of the same old parties and the same old excuses.
'I decided to stand for election in the first place because I feel the same.
'Myself, James and Claire haven't been elected this time, but we're going to continue working hard for the benefit of the community in Seaford.
'We'll keep an eye on newly-elected Seaford councillors to make sure they keep their promises - and well do our best to pick up the slack if and when they don't'.
Elsewhere in Lewes district the Green Party secured historic wins, in Lewes and Ringmer & Lewes Bridge, making Wendy Maples and Johnny Denis among the first-ever Green County Councillors in East Sussex.
Two further Green wins in Forest Row and Hastings took the final tally of Green seats on the County Council from 0 to 4.