THE GREEN Party has secured its first ever seat on Winchester City Council.

Malcolm Wallace dislodged Conservative councillor Linda Gemmell from her seat in Central Meon Valley to secure a historic win for the Winchester Greens. He took the ward with a thumping majority of more than 750 votes.

The result means the ward now has one Green councillor, one Conservative and one Independent.

Mr Wallace is just the second Green Party member to hold a seat on a Hampshire authority following Blossom Gottlieb - who represents Hordean Downs for the East Hampshire District Council.

In the election held in May 2021 he received 33 per cent of the total votes in the Central Meon Valley Ward - up 19 per cent from 2019 - and has since built on that momentum to secure the ward at the second time of asking.

Central Meon Valley:

Malcolm Wallace (Greens) 1,955

Linda Gemmell (Con) 1,203

Thomas Gregory (Lib Dem) 294

Stefanie Patricia Harvey (Labour) 71

Majority: 752

Turnout: 46.83%

Greens gain

Hampshire Chronicle: Malcolm Wallace (right) with Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay
Malcolm Wallace (right) with Green Party co-leader Adrian Ramsay