Caroline Lucas elected new Green Party leader in ‘job share’ bid

Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley

He said he was proud to be the first of Britain’s party leaders in a job-share, which he said demonstrated “both the power of working together and the importance of striking a healthy balance between work and family and other commitments”.

She said: “People voted to leave without knowing what version of Brexit they were voting for because the Brexit campaign had not worked out what Brexit would look like”.

In their first speech as elected Party Leaders, Lucas and Bartley said: “Imagine a new plan that will meet our obligations to future generations”.

Today, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also advocate huge new levels of investment in the region during a speech in Ramsgate, Kent.

Ms Lucas said the Brexit vote had left Britain “a divided country scarred in so many places by fear, inequality and hopelessness”.

She said the Greens would campaign for any European Union renegotiation deal to be “put to a second referendum”.

The pair are calling on Labour candidates to unite with them in a one-off “progressive alliance” to oust Tory MPs in 40 or 50 marginal seats.

“I think the game changer [will be] as more and more people in Labour recognise that they will be better too under a fair vote system”.

She told The Argus that the investment would create jobs in part of the country where industrialisation and globalisation had cut people adrift.

She added: “That’s why our Party says, loudly and proudly, we the people should continue to have our say”. Old tribal loyalties are dying and voters can no longer be taken for granted. She also touted a new “blue deal” for coastal communities to maximise their clean energy potential.

“They will be doing better under electoral reform, under a proportional system”.

“It’s the Green Party that’s discussing what we’d call a grown-up form of politics, recognising that no party has a monopoly on wisdom completely”.

They also called for a “radical” redistribution of wealth, including a maximum pay ratio between the highest and lowest paid, the introduction of a universal basic income and protection for the welfare state.

Cllr David Williams came third with 527 votes, while Green Party founding member Clive Lord won just 173 votes – a sign of how far the party has shifted in recent years given his environmental platform.

Ms Lucas said the Greens would “resist the cruelty unleashed by the unbridled capitalism of May and Cameron” and “stand up for the majority now locked out of politics and denied a voice”.