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Bennett new Green leader

Bennett new Green leader
Natalie Bennett has been elected the new leader of the Green Party.

Ms Bennett beat three other candidates - Pippa Bartoletti, Peter Cranie and Romayne Phoenix - to replace Caroline Lucas, who is stepping down to focus on her role as an MP, and to "give other people the opportunity to get well known".

The Australian-born journalist, who beat Mr Cranie by 1757 votes to 1204 in the final count, is a former editor of Guardian Weekly and current chair of the Camden Green Party.

In her acceptance speech she spoke of the “great responsibility” of taking the leadership, and said the party offered a “radical vision” for Britain that could appeal to Lib Dems angered by the party’s record in government.

“It will be obvious that many Lib Dem voters are desperately looking for a home, they no longer have a home to go in as the party’s moved away from them,” she said.

“We’re a party that occupies, very much, a left space. We’re the party that says we want to make sure there’s decent wages and decent benefits, and to make sure that multinational companies and rich individuals all pay their taxes.

“That is a message that I think will be attractive to many Labour voters and some non-voters who are totally fed up with the whole political system too."

She called for a “different kind of British future”, and urged the Government to invest in homes, jobs, renewable energy and public transport to “create jobs, not throw people into unemployment”.

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