London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert has been re-elected to serve the capital in the European Parliament for a fourth five-year term.
Ms Lambert, who was first elected to represent London in 1999, received some 197,000 votes.
“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me – and decided to cast a positive vote for the policies of fairness and sustainability,” she said.
“Throughout the campaign Greens have tried to talk about the issues that the European Parliament actually makes decisions about: and the Green Party vision, on things like air quality, climate change, fair pay, energy, job creation, peace and human rights.
Ms Lambert’s re-election came amidst a surge in representation for the xenophobic UK Independence Party and a rise in suppport for far-right parties across Europe.
She said: “We are going back to a Parliament which has some very big challenges. If we look at the increase in the number of anti-Semitic, xenophobic and racist Euro-MPs across the EU, I think that presents a role for us in terms of championing the diversity of London – and ensuring that the EU remains a force opposed to all discrimination. I am delighted that Londoners bucked the trend – and that the far-right saw no gains here. The UK Independence Party saw an increase in vote share – but not enough to win a new MEP. “
London’s eight new MEPs will consist of four from the Labour Party after it won 37% of the capital’s vote, two from the Conservative Party (22%), one from the UK Independence Party (17%), and Ms Lambert from the Green Party (9%). The Liberal Democrats lost their seat after securing just 7% of votes cast.
Across Europe, though all results are yet to be declared, Green Parties have done well, and it seems likely the Greens/EFA Group will again be the fourth largest ‘bloc’ in the European Parliament.