Green Party’s Caroline Lucas retains Brighton Pavilion seat with increased majority
The Green Party will keep at least one seat in Parliament, as Caroline Lucas retained Brighton Pavilion, with a large majority.
Adding 11% to the vote, Ms Lucas, a strong advocate of LGBT rights, won with a majority of almost eight thousand.
She gained 22,871 votes, and Labour’s Purna Sen came second with 14,904.
Ms Lucas is proudly on the record supporting same-sex marriage and LGBT rights – and her party’s manifesto released last week pledged a number of radical measures, including pension equality for gay couples, mandatory sex and relationship eduction, and stronger legislation against hate crime.
She had a majority of just 1252 votes over Labour during the 2010 election – and faced a tough re-election battle.
The anti-gay Coalition for Marriage attempted to unseat Ms Lucas, distributing leaflets in the constituency that stated: “Your MP Caroline Lucas voted for same-sex marriage. Use your vote for a true marriage at the General Election on 7 May”.