New Green MEP takes up South East seat in European Parliament

2 June 2010

The South East of England acquires a new political voice in Brussels today, as one of the region's most popular Greens is formally received as a Member of the European Parliament.

Under EU rules, Keith Taylor - the Green Party's next candidate on its European List for the South-East region - takes Caroline Lucas's place in the European Parliament following her historic election to Westminster (1).

A former businessman from Sussex, Keith was a leading Green Party councillor for 11 years - and a Principal Speaker for the party between 2004 and 2006. Well known for his work on workers' rights, environmental justice and regional economic strategy, Keith also worked for Caroline Lucas for five years as a Regional Liaison Officer.

In his new role serving the South East, Keith will sit on the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN), the Committee on International Trade (INTA) and the Committee on Petitions (PETI). He will also become a full member of the Parliamentary delegation to Afghanistan, and a substitute member of the Iran and Palestine delegations.

Keith Taylor MEP said:

"I've spent the last 11 happy and fulfilling years as a city councillor in Brighton & Hove, striving for improvements in the everyday quality of life for local people. Now I'm taking all I've learnt to Europe in order to serve the whole of the South East - and I'll work tirelessly to achieve the best results.

"It is my aim to deliver inclusive politics based on hope, around a positive vision of building a just and sustainable world. I want to bring the work of the European Parliament closer to my constituents, and listen carefully to their concerns about the future of our region.

"I'm looking forward to building on the fantastic work done by my predecessor, Caroline Lucas - and would like to wish her the very best of luck as she begins her historic term as the first Green MP at Westminster."

Caroline Lucas MP, who served in the European Parliament for over ten years, said:

"Keith is an outstanding politician, a highly respected party member, and a good friend. He has served the people of Brighton & Hove with passion and commitment for many years and will bring a wealth of experience to his new role in the European Parliament.

"I have no doubt that Keith will prove to be an excellent MEP for the South East region, and I wish him every success for the future."


(1) The European Parliament took note of Caroline Lucas' election as MP on 18 May 2010. Caroline was a list candidate for the Green Party, and in view of this, her seat is filled in accordance with regulations 82-85 of the European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 2004 by Keith Taylor.


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