Green Party elects new leader

The Green Party of England and Wales yesterday elected former Guardian journalist Natalie Bennett to be its new leader. Born in Australia, she took 42 per cent of the vote on a 3,111 turnout and has pledged to increase the number of Green MEPs from two to six at the next election. Bennett replaces Caroline Lucas, the party’s only MP, who stepped down as part of a strategy to boost the media profile of other Greens.