Caroline Lucas seeks co-leadership of Green party

Posted On: 
1st June 2016

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley are bidding to become co-leaders of the Green party.

Green MP Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas was the leader of the Greens until 2012
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Ms Lucas and Mr Bartley, who is currently the party’s work and pensions spokesman, said the job share proposal was an example of “going beyond politics as usual”.

One of their proposals is for “a one-off progressive pact at the next general election” – paving the way for reciprocal deals about standing candidates only in specific seats to avoid harming another party’s chances.

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Mr Bartley said the agreements would only happen in a “handful of seats” and would need the consent of local parties.

“Time is up for the two-party system – we want to seize this moment to create a new kind of politics,” he said.

Ms Lucas added to the Guardian: “You’d be looking at a number of seats where there would be a whole variety of things you could do... I really think there is an appetite out there now for a less tribal politics.”

The Greens are looking for a new leader after Natalie Bennett, who has served two terms at the top of the party, announced she would not be seeking re-election.

Ms Lucas, who was the party’s leader between 2008 and 2012, said the job share arrangement would allow her to keep concentrating on her constituency work.

She said: "We both recognise the urgent need for distinctive green voices in British politics and have a vision for a better way of doing things that will tackle not just the cost of living crisis, but the quality of living crisis too.

“We will be honest about the need to redistribute power as well as wealth - and about the need for everything we do to be climate-proofed, rather than adding on environmental protection as an optional extra.”

Mr Bartley, meanwhile, said the arrangement would help him to balance family and work life.