May 18th, 2023.

Lewes District Green Party statement:

Following the last set of local elections four years ago, Greens have led the way in developing a new kind of politics which means different political parties working together in a cooperative alliance, running the council for the benefit of residents. The extraordinary recent local election results this month show that local people agree with us that this is the right approach.

As the largest party, Greens have been leading negotiations with both the Liberal Democrats and Labour, inviting them to work with us to form an administration. We believe that we can once again create a co-operative alliance that works for the best interests of the whole district.

In the past 10 days, all parties had reached agreement on a new way of working, however we have now had confirmation that the national Labour Party have informed our local Labour colleagues that they currently do not have their approval to take part in a cooperative alliance together with ourselves and the Liberal Democrats, despite the success of the previous alliance.

It is incredibly disappointing. In the meantime exactly the same arrangements which were on the table yesterday are still on the table today for power sharing with the Liberal Democrats who are the second largest group. We genuinely hope we will continue to work in partnership to conclude the discussions, and put the interests of local people first and foremost, so we can see the new council firmed up as soon as possible.
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