Caroline Lucas, Former Green Party Leader, to Step Down as MP at Next Election
Caroline Lucas, former leader of the Green Party, has announced her decision to step down as a Member of Parliament at the upcoming general election. Ms. Lucas expressed that the demands of her role have hindered her ability to fully focus on the pressing challenges of nature and climate emergencies.
In a heartfelt message to her supporters, she expressed gratitude to those who have prioritized the politics of hope over fear. Since her election in 2010 as the first Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, Ms. Lucas has consistently increased her majority in subsequent elections, securing a margin of nearly 20,000 votes in 2019.
In an open letter addressed to her constituents, Ms. Lucas reflected on the privilege of serving such an extraordinary constituency and community. She emphasized her unconventional approach to politics, referencing her arrest, court case, and subsequent acquittal for a peaceful protest at a fracking site in Balcombe nearly a decade ago. However, as the threats to our planet grow more urgent, she admitted to struggling to allocate the necessary time to address these escalating crises.
Consequently, Ms. Lucas decided not to seek re-election as a Member of Parliament. Her departure from office marks the end of an era in which she has ardently championed green policies and tirelessly advocated for environmental action.