The Newcastle Greens are throwing their support behind Labor, if they are not successful at the ballot box in the September 8 council election.

Their how-to-vote card will recommend Labor candidate Nuatali Nelmes as the second preference for Lord Mayor, behind Greens candidate John Sutton.

They will also recommend giving Labor preference in three of the four wards.

Greens Lord Mayoral candidate John Sutton says they want to ensure voters know where the party’s preferences lie.

“Preferences only come into play once the first preferred candidate is not elected.

“If that happens then we’d like Greens voters to go onto preference what we think is the next best choice that they have available which in this case is the Labor candidate.”

To see The Greens’ full list of preference recommendations, click