Green Party’s Caroline Lucas retains Brighton Pavilion seat with increased majority

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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”.

The Green politician won a PinkNews Award for Member of the Year last year – and was praised for her work to secure inclusive sex and relationships education. 

Her party leader Natalie Bennett came third, and failed to beat Labour’s Keir Starmer in the London constituency of Holborn and St Pancras.