8 June 2023
Caroline Lucas announced this morning that she does not intend to re-stand as a candidate for parliament in the next General Election .
Lucas has held the seat in Brighton Pavilion since being elected in 2010 and has increased her majority at every subsequent election.
Commenting on the news, Co-leader Carla Denyer said: “Caroline’s impact on politics in this country cannot be overstated: she truly is a force of nature and has been an extraordinary servant of the people of Brighton Pavilion as well as the Green Party. We are so proud of her achievements.
“Whether securing significant policy changes, shaping the conversation, or modelling a different way of doing politics - Caroline demonstrates how essential it is to have Green voices in UK politics. I’ve learnt so much from her, she is an inspiration to me and to many people inside and outside the Green Party who want to see positive change in politics .”
Across the North-West region elected Greens have posted on social media their reactions. Astrid Johnston, Deputy Green Group Leader on Manchester City Council said: "I can hardly express my deep graditute for the relentlessly hard work that Caroline Lucas has done for the Green Party. This is a loss to parliament. And this is her principled and carefully considered position – an indictment of parliamentary politics' refusal to tackle green issues."
Caroline has served as an Member of Parliament for over thirteen years, and served twice as the leader of the Green Party.
Green Party Spokesperson on Culture, Jack Lennox on Lancaster City Council added: "I can’t put into words how much Caroline has inspired me to dedicate myself to politics..... I’m now more determined than ever to ensure we get a new generation of Green MPs elected."