From an article by Caroline Lucas, the first Green Member of Parliament in the UK, in the Guardian:
The new report – entitled The New Home Front – looks at the wartime experience of those on the “home front” in Britain and the lessons we can learn in facing today’s threats from climate change and the looming energy and resources crisis.
2010 was a roller coaster year for the Green Party. Mid-term elections proved voter dissatisfaction with the Democrats in power, but the media-darling Tea Party Movement drove voters to reactionary candidates, not helping Greens at the polls. International Greens saw successes in the United Kingdom, Australia, and other places, while US Greens were moved by the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza under siege by Israeli forces.… Read more ...
The party welcomed the ITV Wales/YouGov poll which gave the Greens 10% in the South Wales Region.
Under the proportional voting system, that would be enough to elect a Green on the regional ballot…If a Green AM was elected in May, it would follow the election of their first national MP when Caroline Lucas won Brighton Pavilion in last May’s General Election.
Aida Edamariam at The Guardian has an interview with Caroline Lucas, who recently became the Green Party of England and Wales’ first member of parliament:
Whatever you think of the Greens, it would have been hard not to feel that one of the few truly inspiring moments in last week’s election came at about 6am on Friday 7 May, when, in a hall on the cold seafront, Green party leader Caroline Lucas was declared MP for Brighton Pavilion, with a 1,200 majority.
Caroline Lucas could hold the key to a new Government power-sharing agreement…
The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru have called for a ‘progressive alliance’ government involving all of the minority parties.
The left-wing nationalists have suggested joining forces with Labour and the Liberal Democrats to form the Government to form a so-called ‘rainbow alliance’ and have invited Caroline Lucas, as leader of the Green Party, on board.
“Millionaires and celebrities get all the attention,” said Tim McKee, a spokesman for Connecticut Greens and a member of the party’s national committee. “We want to get more average people running for office, but it’s becoming harder and harder. … It’s a millionaires’ club.”
This year, the Green Party has candidates for attorney general, secretary of the state, treasurer and comptroller.
Brighton Pavillion was considered the UK Greens’ best shot at picking up an MP this election, and the results are rolling in as I type. Carolina Lucas, leader of the Greens, has won Brighton Pavillion–becoming the first Green elected to the United Kingdom’s Parliament.
Recently, the British Green Party released their new manifesto in anticipation of the May parliamentary elections. The Greens are said to have a greater chance of winning a seat in Parliament this year than ever before, especially in the Brighton seat where their leader Caroline Lucas is running, and they are running a record number of candidates. … Read more ...
While the Green Party of the United Kingdom has elected a member of the European Parliament, they have not yet elected a member of Parliament in their own country. However, this could change soon. The Independent reports:
A poll of voting intentions carried out by ICM Research shows that the Greens, who had their best-ever result in the constituency in 2005, hold an eight-point lead over their nearest rivals, the Conservatives, with the Greens on 35 per cent, the Tories on 27, Labour on 25 and the Liberal Democrats on 11 per cent…
Several developments boost the chance of Britain’s first Green MP.