UK ‘Greens’ get first parliamentary seat

| 07/05/2010

(The Guardian): The Green leader, Caroline Lucas, promised today to be a radical and distinctive voice in parliament after overturning a hefty Labour majority in Brighton to become her party’s first-ever MP. Her stunning success, involving an 8.4% swing in the student and bohemian-heavy Brighton Pavilion constituency, marked the arrival of "a new political force in Westminister", Lucas said following a nail-biting eight-hour count that ended in ecstasy for her still disbelieving supporters. However, the Greens’ triumph was tempered by a slight drop in their share of the national poll, at about 1%.

The party put that down to left-leaning voters switching to Labour or the Liberal Democrats to try to prevent a Tory government. The Greens poured resources heavily into Brighton as part of an all-out effort to make the Westminster breakthrough that had eluded them in more than 20 years of campaigning.
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