Caroline Lucas leaves the door open to replacing Natalie Bennett as Green leader

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Green MP Caroline Lucas has admitted that party leader Natalie Bennett could have performed better in the general election campaign - and has left the door ajar to returning as party leader.

Lucas enhanced her standing as the party’s best asset as she boosted her majority from 1,252 to a shade under 8,000 in the 2015 election. 

In an exclusive interview with TP, she said of Bennett: 

"There were times when she didn’t perform as well as she could, that’s undoubtedly the case."

Asked if she would run for the party leadership next year, when Bennett’s current term expires, she said:

"I never rule anything out.”

But the Brighton Pavilion MP stressed that she had no “current plans” to return as leader. 

Lucas also said she would like to play a leading role in the campaign to stay in the European Union.

And she said Labour’s “lurch to the centre” in the wake of their election defeat meant there was more space on the political agenda for the Greens to move into.

Read the full interview here.



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