Caroline Lucas names Observer's ethical politician of the year

4 June 2009

Caroline Lucas, Green MEP for the South East of England and Green Party leader, has been named ‘Ethical Politician of the Year' in the fourth annual Observer Ethical Awards.

Dr Lucas, who is standing for re-election in her South East constituency in tomorrow's European elections, beat Liberal Democrats' Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable and Tory leader David Cameron to the top spot - picking up the prestigious award for a second time.

The MEP, one of the Greens' leading public figures and a passionate campaigner on social justice, the environment and animal welfare - at both the grassroots' level and in the European Parliament - also won the title in 2007 against David Cameron and Gordon Brown, and is delighted to have been chosen to receive the award once again by readers of the Observer.

The news comes as the UK's political parties bring their election campaigns to a close and prepare to face the public vote, with the latest polls indicating that the Green Party is on course to make significant gains.

Dr Lucas MEP said:

"I am honoured that Observer readers have chosen to recognise my work in this way - it means a great deal. At a time of serious political crisis, economic upheaval and environmental challenges, the Greens' positive vision for the future has never been more important.

The Party's policies to create up to a million new green jobs, tackle climate change, protect public services and safeguard civil liberties are at the forefront of efforts to create a new political landscape in which people and planet are always at the heart of decision making.

"I am proud to be a member of a political organisation with strong principles and clear ideas, which is driven by a determination to bring progressive, engaging and ethical politics into the mainstream."


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