Caroline Lucas

Category: Opening plenary

Biography

Caroline joined the Green Party in 1986 and has held many positions including National Press Officer (1987-89) and Co-Chair (1989-90). She won the party’s second County Council seat in 1993 and served on Oxfordshire County Council until 1997. She served two terms as the Party’s elected Principal Speaker and in 2008 was elected Party Leader. From 1999-2010 she was a Member of the European Parliament, standing down when she was elected as the Green’s first MP, representing Brighton Pavilion.

Caroline was voted the UK's most ethical politician in 2007, 2009 and 2010 by readers of the Observer, and in 2008 was judged one of the Guardian’s top “eco-heroes.” She received Red magazine's Woman of the Year Award 2010 in the ethical/eco category and is in the Environment Agency's Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time. She was named the 'Most Influential MP' in 2012 by the Political Studies Association, 'MP of the Year' in the Scottish Widows and Dods Women in Public Life Awards 2011, and 'Newcomer of the Year' in the Spectator's 2010 Parliamentarian awards. In 2015 the Patchwork Foundation named Caroline MP of the 2010-15 parliamentary session for her work with deprived and minority communities in Brighton and across the country. She was also the Pink News MP of the Year in 2014.

Born in Malvern in Worcestershire, Caroline studied English Literature at the University of Exeter and has authored a number of books, including most recently Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change. A passionate campaigner and activist, who was arrested in 2013 for opposing fracking, she loves nothing more than walking on the Sussex Downs with her husband, Richard, two sons and their chocolate Labrador Harry.

Links

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Other speakers in this session

Isabella Lövin

Isabella Lövin is a Swedish politician for the Green Party who has served as Minister for International Development Cooperation since 2014 and as spokesperson of the Green Party since 2016.

Amelia Womack

Amelia is the youngest deputy leader of any UK political party, and was elected aged 29 while still a member of the Young Greens. She is committed to youth engagement, and making young peoples’ voices heard both in politics and within the Green Party.

Sylvio Michel

Sylvio Michel is the leader of the Verts Fraternels set up in Mauritius since 1989 from the Organisation Fraternelle founded in 1968. He has served as a member of Parliament from 1976 to 1981.

Margaret Blakers

Margaret Blakers is a long-time environmental campaigner, organizer of the first Atlas of Australian Birds, co-founder of the Victorian Greens, organizer of the 2001 Global Greens Congress in Canberra Australia, founder of the Green Institute (Australia) and first Global Greens Convener.

Monica Frassoni

Christine Milne

Christine Milne had a very successful career in Australian politics during which she was the Leader of the Australian Greens at both the State and National level.

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