Following news that Caroline Lucas will not be standing again for Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, Green councillors express their thanks
Today, Caroline Lucas MP announced that she would not stand for Brighton Pavilion in the next General Election, expected in 2024.
First elected in 2010, Caroline Lucas was the first Green Party MP in the country. In 2019, she grew her majority to have the largest of any post-war MP in Brighton & Hove, including Brighton Kemptown and Hove. Three-times winner of the Parliamentarian of the Year Award, she has consistently found ways to get things done through cross-party collaboration.
As an MP, Caroline has served as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Climate Change and Limits to Growth. She has been a Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency and Democratic Participation, and Deputy Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Renewable and Sustainable Energy.
She has also been Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Better Brexit for Young People, Choice at the End of Life, Drug Policy Reform, EU Relations, European Citizenship Rights, Food Waste, Land Value Capture, Proportional Representation, Pubs, Refugees, Sixth Form Colleges, State Pension Inequality for Women, Students, Visitors’ Economy and West Papua. And she has been an Officer of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Sustainable Food and Farming, Domestic Violence and Abuse, Hate Crime, Sexual Violence and Southern Rail.
Cllr Pete West [he/him], who was the first Green elected in Brighton & Hove in 1996, said:
“Caroline Lucas has been a towering figure, both in Brighton & Hove and in Westminster. She has an incredible reputation with people of all or no parties. People across the city will forever be grateful for everything she has done over her years of service.”
Cllr Steve Davis [he/him], Convenor of the Green Group on Brighton & Hove Council, said:
“Throughout difficult times and years of public service, Caroline Lucas has been an unflinching beacon of hope to many people in this city and across the country.
“Caroline has inspired so many people to get involved in politics, by embodying the best of politicians; speaking truth to power and championing principle and integrity every day.”