Caroline Lucas Re-Elected

8 June 2009

South East Euro-MP Caroline Lucas has been elected to the European Parliament for the third time after the party received 11.6% of the votes.

Dr Lucas immediately pledged to work hard for all residents of the South East - and thanked everyone who either voted or helped organize one of the world's biggest exercises in democracy.

She said: "I am delighted that the public has re-elected me to serve as one of the region's MEPs for the third time. Only the Green Party offers the potential for achieving the real change people are increasingly demanding.

"These excellent results show that people understand our policies will deliver a fairer society as well as addressing environmental issues."

Ten MEPs were elected to serve the South-East region:

Conservative, 4 MEPs, 34.8%

UKIP, 2 MEPs, 18.8%

Liberal Democrats, 2 MEPs, 14.1%

Greens, 1 MEP, 11.6% (up 3.8% in 2004)

Labour, 1 MEP, 8.2%

BNP, 0 MEPs, 4.4%

The victory is Dr Lucas's second in a week: on Thursday she was named ‘Politician of the Year' in the Observer newspaper's ‘Ethical Awards 2009'.

Dr Lucas added: "It's been a long campaign, but now I'll be getting on with the job: working tirelessly for all residents in the South East, to make sure they get the best from the complicated role the EU plays in all of our lives.

"As an MEP, I will be seeking to shape the laws that come out of Brussels to try to deliver a fairer, more sustainable South East region, and a European ‘Green New Deal' that could create 140,000 new jobs in the region."

   

Notes to Editors:

 

- Pictures from the count, which took place in Southampton, are available on request.

- Dr Lucas became one of the UK's first Green Party MEPs when she was elected to the European Parliament in 1999. She was re-elected in 2004 with an increased share of the vote.

 


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