The Green Party’s first and only MP, Caroline Lucas, has announced she will resign at the next general election.
“It has been the privilege of my life to serve this special constituency and community,” said Ms Lucas, who has been president of the Brighton Pavilion since 2010.
In a letter sent to voters in the Brighton Pavilion, Mr Lucas said that “threats to our precious planet” are “more urgent than ever”, but as the only Green Party member of parliament, he will not be represented in parliament. He said it meant that he was “ironically” incapable of devoting himself to work because he was playing a role. Pay more attention to the ‘accelerating crisis’ facing climate and nature.
“Therefore, I have decided not to stand again as an MP in the next election,” she said.
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Ms Lucas served as Green Party leader from 2008 to 2012 and returned as co-leader of the party with Jonathan Bathory for two years from September 2016.
She joins a growing group of senior elected politicians who have announced that they will step down at the next election.
Ms Lucas became the first Green Party Member of Parliament when she won a majority of 1,252 votes in the Brighton Pavilion constituency in the 2010 general election. She increased her majority in each subsequent election to 19,940 in 2019.
Lucas has won many awards for his work as a Member of Parliament. She was named the Most Influential Member of Parliament by the Association for Political Research in her 2012, and was also named the Association for Political Science’s “Rookie of the Year Award.” audience’Received the 2010 Parliamentary Award.
Ms Lucas, 62, is credited with her 13 years in parliament for putting issues such as a universal basic income and the legal right to access nature on the political agenda and for her inclusion of nature in school curricula. He said that the introduction of GCSE was one of the reasons. “I owe it to my work in Congress,” she said.
Ms Lucas was an influential member of the “referendum” organization that campaigned for a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. Lucas told her attendees at the organization’s inauguration:[Brexit is] It’s not inevitable…we will do all we can in Congress for the people’s vote. This issue is too important to leave to politicians. ”
She has also campaigned for parliamentary reform and is a prominent animal rights advocate.
In a letter to voters obtained by Argus Lucas told the newspaper that he was looking forward to having more time to explore ways to “make a livable future a reality.”
She writes: “I love this city and the people who live in it, and I know how incredibly lucky I am to have the opportunity to represent and work with all of you.
“I have always prided myself on being a good constituency member first and foremost. ‘s concerns are important and we have always worked to ensure that they are not alone.
“But the intensity of my commitment to these constituencies, and the special responsibility of being the sole member of parliament for my party, ironically makes me feel the existential challenge that drives me: the essential It means we are not as focused on our challenges” and the climate emergency.
“The truth is that with the increasing urgency of these threats to our precious planet, I am struggling to spend the time I would like on the accelerating crisis.
“Therefore, I have decided not to run again as a Member of Parliament in the next election.”
The deadline for the next election is 28 January 2025, and it is widely expected that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will start voting in the fall of 2024.
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