Green Party of England and Wales to find new leader as Caroline Lucas announces her resignation
May 14, 2012 in International Greens
In some of the most widely reported Green Party news, Member of Parliament and Green Party leader Carolina Lucas has announced that she is resigning her post as top party leader to help push back against the Liberal Democrats, the junior partner in the current Conservative lead coalition government.
According to The Independent, Lucas is leaving her party post in hopes of raising the profile of other party stalwarts in their races.
Ms Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion, wants the party leadership to be used as a vehicle to boost the profile of other potential Green MPs. The Greens think they can win more Westminster seats in 2015, especially through the disenchantment of Lib Dem voters unhappy with measures Nick Clegg and his party have supported in the Tory-led Coalition, such as tuition fees.
Lucas plans to stand for re-election to Parliament representing Brighton Pavilion.
In an interesting twist, The Argus implies that Lucas’ decision may be motivated largely be a desire to focus on her seat in Parliament representing Brighton Pavilion.
Dr Lucas, who was the party’s first ever leader, said: “I look forward to continuing to do all I can in my very demanding role as the MP for Brighton Pavilion, representing and helping my constituents in Brighton and defending them against the Coalition Government’s disastrous economic policies and its refusal to accept its environmental and social responsibilities.