Caroline Lucas

The full list of people in the running to be the Green Party’s candidate for Brighton Pavilion at the next general election has been published. This follows Caroline Lucas’ announcement last month that she would not be re-standing for the seat.

The three people who have thrown their hat into the ring are Siân Berry, Emily O’Brien and Dan Rue.

Berry announced her candidacy in June, and was the only one of the three to reveal she was standing before nominations closed. Berry is a former co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales and is currently a member of the London Assembly and a councillor in Camden.

O’Brien is also a councillor, in the Sussex town of Lewes. She’s currently the Greens’ spokesperson on food, agriculture and rural welfare.

Rue stood unsuccessfully for Patcham and Hollingbury ward in the 2023 Brighton & Hove City Council elections and serves on the Brighton & Hove Green Party executive as Young Greens Officer.

Members of Brighton & Hove Green Party will now vote to determine who their candidate will be. Voting will take place between 3 and 19 July.

Commenting on the selection, 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.”

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