The Green Party in Amber Valley is going from strength to strength and is gaining more councillors at all levels of local government.
We first began contesting seats in Amber Valley in 2006 with the Party finishing second in Belper Central in 2008, though it took until 2015 before we had another second place in South West Parishes.
2018 saw the Greens as runners up in Duffield before our breakthrough win in the 2019 elections when our first Green Borough Councillor was elected with Dave Wells winning in Duffield with 1,394 votes, fully 62.9% of the vote alongside another second place in Alport. Joe Martin then won a by-election to Duffield Parish Council beating the previous Conservative councillor.
2021 saw further victories with Gez Kinsella elected to Derbyshire County Council representing Duffield & Belper South. Across the whole of Amber Valley, Green Party candidates received 13% of all votes cast at these elections. In addition, Steve Kennedy won a by-election to Belper Town Council in Belper South.
Following these successes, Steve Kennedy won a by-election to Belper Town Council in May 2021 and Jamie Walls won a second Belper Town Council by-election in September 2021. Both by-elections were prompted by Labour resignations. So now we are the second largest group on Belper Town Council with 2 councillors.
In May 2022, Alison McDermott joined Dave Wells as a councillor for the Duffield ward with 70% of the vote and Jamie Walls was elected to represent the Belper South ward with 55% of the vote, forming a group of 3 councillors on the Borough. These impressive results show that people in Amber Valley recognise that Green councillors serve them well. This year, across the Borough, 16% of votes cast were for Green candidates.
2022 was the last time that elections were held for Amber Valley Borough Council on the current ward boundaries. 2023 will see elections for all forty-two councillors in AmberValley on new boundaries.
The Amber Valley Green Party stands candidates in two parliamentary seats: Amber Valley Constituency (covering Alfreton, Heanor and Ripley) and Mid Derbyshire Constituency (covering Belper, Duffield, Allestree, Spondon and Borrowash).
We contested these elections in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
All of the Amber Valley Constituency, which comprises the wards of Alfreton, Codnor and Waingroves, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor East, Heanor West, Ironville and Riddings, Kilburn, Denby and Holbrook, Langley Mill and Aldercar, Ripley, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Horsley and Horsley Woodhouse, Somercotes, Swanwick, and Wingfield.
From Derbyshire Dales Constituency, the wards of: Alport, Crich and South West Parishes.
From Mid-Derbyshire Constituency, the wards of Duffield and Belper Central, East, North and South.
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