Brighton and Hove’s new mayor has been elected a Green MEP at the European elections.
Alexandra Phillips is one of ten new MEPs for the South East region.
She became the youngest person to be elected mayor of the city last week.
She said on Twitter: “It’s the honour of a lifetime to be elected as an MEP for South East England. I want to make something very clear to those living in this part of the UK.
“Many of you weren’t born in our country, you have made a home here more recently. I stand with you. Many of you didn’t have a vote in this election, some of you were denied one even though you had a legal right to one. I stand with you. I am *your* MEP.
“And I have a message for those MEPs elected across the country this evening who aim to use their position in Brussels to spread fear and hate. The demagogues dressing up as democrats. I will stand against you.
“I will not hesitate to make the case for an open society - and for a country where people feel at home whether they’ve been here 5 weeks or 50 years. So wherever you’ve come from, I am here to work for you.”