The Green party in Lewisham are today celebrating after winning six seats on the council in South London. The victors include a gay couple who were jointly elected to the Brockley ward.

The party topped the poll and gained all three seats in two wards, Brockley and Ladywell. Darren Johnson, Romayne Phoenix, Dean Walton, Mike Keogh, Sue Luxton and Ute Michel overturned Labour majorities to score a victory for the relatively small party.

Mr Johnson is also a member of the London Assembly and lives with his partner and fellow councillor Mr Walton. Mr Keogh is also openly gay.

Mr Johnson, commenting on the success in Lewisham, told PinkNews.co.uk: “We are absolutely delighted. We proved what a difference we could make with one councillor – people saw that and wanted more. Absolutely delighted. Around the country these local elections have produced some spectacular gains for the Greens.

“Elected Greens have given rock solid support to the equality agenda and it is great to have more LGBT Green councillors in Lewisham, including my own partner Dean who now joins me as a fellow councillor in Brockley Ward.”

The new Green councillors for Lewisham