Green MP Caroline Lucas quits as party leader

By Greg Heffer, political reporter
The Green Party's only MP, Caroline Lucas, will not stand for re-election as leader as she wants to "show the power of letting go".
The Brighton Pavilion MP has served as co-leader of her party, together with councillor Jonathan Bartley, since 2016.
Announcing she will not be putting herself forward for re-election at the Green's biennial leadership contest this summer, Ms Lucas revealed she "instead will be focusing even more on work in Parliament and in Brighton".She added: "I believe that Jonathan and I have shown the power of working together, and that it's now time for me to show the power of letting go."Ms Lucas, 57, previously served as the party's first ever leader between 2008 and 2012.She was elected the first ever Green MP at the 2010 general election, retaining her Brighton Pavilion seat five years later and again at last year's snap general election.
Prior to becoming an MP, she served as an MEP for South East England in the European Parliament.In local elections earlier this month, the Greens were the fourth best performing party and pushed ahead of UKIP.The party currently holds a record number of councillors.
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Responding to Ms Lucas's announcement, Mr Bartley posted on Twitter: "It's been an absolute blast working with @CarolineLucas."So proud of what we have all achieved together over these last two years!"
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