The Young Greens broke records in this election, getting 8 elected to councils across England. They are:
Lily Fitzgibbon – elected to Bristol city council
Jessie Carter – elected to Suffolk county council
Harry Gorman – elected to Wirral Borough council
Jamie Osborn – elected to Norfolk county council
Sarah Tubbs – elected to North Northamptonshire council
Emily Federowyzc – elected to North Northamptonshire council
Chris Jarvis – elected to Oxford City council
Lucy Pegg – elected to Oxford City Council
Lily Fitzgibbon, the youngest Bristol City councillor, said to The Guardian that ‘she believed the party’s success was down to its approach not only to global and national issues but to local ones’. And in an article highlighting the success of young people in the local elections, she said to the BBC:
‘I think local politics is something young people don’t know about, it is not their fault, it is a lack of education with the focus on the national stage.
Sometimes an issue the council is dealing with affects a young person’s life more than what is happening in Westminster, so getting more young people voting locally is the first step in seeing young people more engaged and more young people standing.
Young people have the experience of growing up with climate change hanging over our head, growing up through austerity.
“There are a lot of issues young people are facing which older generations haven’t had to deal with in the same way.’