Siân Berry selected as Green Party candidate for Brighton Pavilion
Siân Berry has been selected as the Green Party’s next parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion following a vote of local party members. She will be replacing Caroline Lucas, the Green Party’s sole MP, who announced in June that she won’t be restanding at the next general election.
Berry is currently a member of the London Assembly, a councillor in Camden, and has stood three times to be Mayor of London. She also served as co-leader of the Green Party from 2018-21.
Three people put their names forward to be the Green Party’s next candidate for Brighton Pavilion – Berry, Lewes Councillor Emily O’Brien, and Daniel Rue. Berry received 71% of the first preference vote, with O’Brien coming second and Rue third.
Speaking following her selection, Berry said:
“It’s an enormous responsibility to continue the work of Caroline Lucas. Brighton Pavilion needs a Green MP in Parliament representing all the people across this wonderful constituency, and I can promise every voter in Brighton Pavilion that I will work every moment between now and the General Election to win their trust and support.”
Caroline Lucas welcomed the news. She said:
“It has been the honour of my life to represent the people of Brighton Pavilion in Parliament for the past 13 years, and to see my majority increase at each of the past four elections.
“I am delighted that Sian has been elected by party members. There couldn’t be a more passionate and committed person to pick up the baton and continue this city’s tradition of doing politics differently, and standing up for what matters.
“I am certain that Sian will be a powerful Green voice in Parliament, holding to account whichever party forms the next Government, and championing the concerns of constituents.
“This country desperately needs more Green MPs. This is a critical decade for tackling the climate and nature emergencies, supporting people through a cost of living scandal, and campaigning for social justice and human rights. I can’t wait to see what Sian will do!”
In an interview with Bright Green as part of the selection process, Berry confirmed that she did not intend to stand down from her position on the London Assembly unless she is elected as an MP.
Caroline Lucas has served as MP for Brighton Pavilion since 2010. Her majority has increased at each subsequent general election.
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