Green party hopes for record number of seats in England local elections

The Green party has said it is confident that its candidates will hold a record number of seats after next month’s local elections in England, but also opened up the possibility of cooperating with other parties during the general election and with Labour if it wins power in Westminster.

Launching its local election campaign in Bristol on Thursday, the party said it believed it would add to the 760 councillors it had in place in England and Wales.

Areas where the party hopes to do well include traditional heartlands such as Bristol, where it could win control of the city council, Stroud in Gloucestershire, Worcester, and Hastings in East Sussex. It said it also hoped to make gains in areas not so closely associated with the Green party such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

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