Candidates named in race to follow Caroline Lucas as next Green MP for Brighton Pavilion

Brighton and Hove Green Party members will choose who stands to become the next Green MP for Brighton Pavilion after three candidates announced they were standing.

The candidates are:

  • Siân Berry
  • Emily O’Brien
  • Dan Rue

Candidate bios can be found below.

Zoe John, Deputy Chair of Brighton and Hove Green Party, said:

“This is a fantastic line up of quality candidates. It offers Green Party members a real choice as to who will build on the foundations laid by Caroline Lucas as the first Green MP for Brighton Pavilion.

“Brighton and Hove, like the rest of the country, is facing an unprecedented climate and cost-of-living crisis driven by increasing inequalities and a broken political system.

“This is going to be an exciting contest where each of these candidates is going to put forward a positive case to Brighton and Hove Green Party members about the difference they would make as their next Member of Parliament.”

Voting will take place from 3 July to 19 July. 

Siân Berry

Siân Berry is a former co-leader and principal speaker of the Green Party of England and Wales, and has been their candidate for Mayor of London three times, coming third in both 2016 and 2021.

Siân has been elected to the London Assembly since 2016 and has been a councillor for the Highgate ward in Camden since 2014. In her work she focuses on preserving and securing new council housing and renters’ rights, making sure young people can thrive and promoting equality. 

Siân worked mainly in the policy area of transport before joining the Assembly. She was a founder of the successful campaign group Alliance against Urban 4x4s in the early 2000s, and worked as a roads and sustainable transport campaigner for the charity Campaign for Better Transport for five years. She is also the author of a number of books on green issues.

Emily O’Brien

Emily O’Brien and her partner moved to Brighton Pavilion in 1999 where they have brought up their three kids, who all attended local schools. Emily has worked at the heart of Brighton & Hove’s community and voluntary sector for over 20 years, including leading the city’s successful bid to become the first Gold Sustainable Food Place in the UK, and nationally acclaimed work on food poverty and food systems. 

In 2016 she moved to nearby Lewes District where she is a senior Councillor and Cabinet Member for Climate, Nature & Food Systems, and is also the Prospective Parliamentary candidate. She was re-elected in May 2023 local elections with an increased vote share, when the Greens became the biggest party. She also has a senior role as a Deputy Chair at the Local Government Association and is part of the Green Party’s National Spokespeople team. 

Dan Rue

Dan Rue is a current resident of Brighton Pavilion, having moved to the city 8 years ago.

A graduate of the University of Brighton Business School, he now works in the city centre as a Sales executive in the IT industry.

Having stood as a candidate in the last local elections, he now sits on the local party executive as Young Greens organiser. In this role, Dan promotes the growth of the Young Greens network across the city and drives engagement with young voters.

As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Dan remains active in promoting inclusion and challenging social inequality in the local area. 


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