The Green Party claim a stuffed chicken would be elected in Lichfield and Burntwood if it had a blue rosette on.
Robert Pass finished fourth last night (June 8) after collecting 1,416 votes.
But he said he was under no illusions at the scale of the challenge any candidate faces after Conservative MP Michael Fabricant extended his grip on a seat he has held since its creation 20 years ago.
“The demographics in Lichfield mean that it’s a safe Tory seat,” said Mr Pass, who won 1,976 votes in the 2015 General Election. “They’d elect a stuffed chicken to parliament if it had a blue rosette on!
“However, in other areas Labour and the Greens have managed to get out the young vote which gives us grounds for hope that there is a strong progressive movement building for the future.”
Despite seeing the number of votes he won drop since the 2015 poll, Mr Pass said he was pleased with his party’s performance.
“The Greens vote share dropped to 1.6% nationally, but we got 2.6% in Lichfield,” he said. “Not a bad result considering the number of votes the Greens lost to the Labour party elsewhere.
“This progressive movement will have its day soon. We just need to convince a higher percentage of the population that there is an alternative to the nasty politics of greed and inequality and we can get on with building a fairer, happier and more sustainable society.”