In September 2012, Caroline Lucas MP, formerly Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the South East, will reach the end of her second term as national Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, and it has been announced that she will not be seeking re-election for another two-year term, in order to broaden opportunities for the range of talent in the Party and to raise the profiles of others aspiring to election.
Caroline Lucas said:
"I'm hugely honoured to have served as the first Leader of the Green Party and I'm proud that during the four years of my term, we've moved Green politics forward to a higher level, with the Party by far the most influential it has ever been. We've seen significant breakthroughs in winning our first seat at Westminster and gaining our first ever local council in Brighton and Hove. These were followed by further breakthroughs onto new Councils in the recent local elections, which were among the most successful we've ever had, as well as establishing ourselves as the third party, ahead of the LibDems, in the elections for London Mayor. I look forward to continuing to do all I can in my very demanding role as the MP for Brighton Pavilion."
Nominations for leadership candidates are now open within the Party and will close towards the end of June. The new Leader (or Co-leaders) will take up the two year post in early September.
Stuart Jeffery, Chair of Kent Green Party said:
"Kent Greens commend the hugely valuable leadership effort provided by Caroline Lucas going back to her election as a Member of the European Parliament for our region in 1999. Her incomparable energy will be missed at national level, but she has already done great service for the Party and politics in the UK."
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The roles of Leader and Deputy Leader were established by the Green Party in 2008 to provide a public face and a strong voice for Green politics and policies. Both roles have a term of two years and Caroline Lucas MP, the Party's first Leader, will have served for two consecutive terms.