Caroline Lucas becomes the first green MP in UK parliament
It's now confirmed! Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, will become the first green MP in the UK parliament after the general election this past Thursday. The people in the constituency of Brighton Pavillion voted in Lucas with around 1300 more votes than the currently sitting Labour MP. The Guardian reports:
After the result was declared Caroline Lucas thanked the voters, fellow Green Party members and supporters who have helped the Greens win this historic victory. But she also criticized the media and the voting system which she says is "fundamentally undemocratic":
It's great to see that the green political winds still blows strong throughout Europe. For example, in Sweden general elections will be held this September. And the Swedish Greens have gone from being one of the smallest political parties to the third biggest party (out of seven different parties) and a real power in Swedish politics with record high voter support in pre-election polls. The European Greens co-Spokespersons Philippe Lamberts and Monica Frassoni said in a statement that:
Read more: George Monbiot says that the new "Green MP is welcome addition to British politics and reflects the transformation of the party". In an interview with the BBC, Caroline Lucas says that this "is the start of a new political force in Westminster". And the Guardian wonders what's next for Caroline Lucas and the Green party after election success?