Caroline Lucas, the former leader of the Green Party, has announced she will stand down as an MP at the next General Election.
Ms Lucas, who has been an MP for 13 years, described her time representing Brighton Pavilion as the “privilege of my life to serve this extraordinary constituency and community”.
In a letter to The Argus newspaper in Brighton, Ms Lucas said that the “threats to our precious planet” had become “ever more urgent” and her role in Parliament meant she had “struggled to spend the time I want on these accelerating crises”.
She added: “I have therefore decided not to stand again as your MP at the next election.”
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