St Peters and North Laine was the birthplace of the Greens in Brighton and Hove when Pete West won their first-ever seat in the city. This once Tory seat (there have been some boundary changes), became safe Labour in the 1980s and early 1990s. But Blair’s New Labour saw to that with members of the left and right leaving in droves.
Now it is the safest Green seat. In May 2007 Pete West, Keith Taylor and Ian Davey all polled over 2,000 votes with the best placed Labour candidate, Sarah Ogden, polling just 979 votes.
In a recent by-election, caused by Keith Taylor succeeding to the European Parliament seat vacated by Caroline Lucas on her election to Westminster, the Green Lizzie Dean was the comfortable winner. The energetic campaign run by Labour’s Tom French, hardly dented the Green majority.
St Peters and North Laine will return 3 Green councillors in May. It is an area where there is no danger of the Tories benefiting from a split Labour / Green vote. Therefore, I don’t need to advocate tactical voting and suggest anti-Tory (and former Lib Dem voters) to vote according to their conscience.