Green Party aims to double councillors

Sarah Jane Smalley and Brian Webster are standing for the Green Party in the local elections
Sarah Jane Smalley and Brian Webster are standing for the Green Party in the local elections
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Sheffield Green Party has announced the candidates which it hopes will take two seats in the local election.

The party, one of only three groups on Sheffield Council, aims to take seats in the Broomhill and Central wards and double its councillor numbers to four.

In Broomhill, where the party finished just 201 votes behind Labour who took the seat in 2012, the candidate is Brian Webster, a PhD student who studies and works in the ward.

In Central ward, the party is looking to take a third seat alongside current councillors Jillian Creasy and Rob Murphy, after winning the last election in 2012 by 429 votes.

The candidate is Sarah Jane Smalley, who lives in Sharrow and runs her own office services business.

Jon Ashe, Sheffield Green Party chairman, said they had high expectations.

He said: “Greens have made a big difference during our 10 years in the council chamber.

“We have a real chance to double our councillors from two to four in this election.

“Green councillors have built a reputation for year-round hard work and offer clear alternatives to Labour and the Lib Dems.”