Brighton and Hove’s new Green MEP for South East England hails ‘best ever result’ for party

Alexandra Phillips, new Green MEP for South East England. Picture: Hastings and Rye Green Party SUS-190515-141818001
Alexandra Phillips, new Green MEP for South East England. Picture: Hastings and Rye Green Party SUS-190515-141818001

The new Green Party MEP for South East England, Alexandra Phillips, has hailed her party’s best ever result in the region and pledged to put ‘climate, Brexit and the fight against austerity’ at the centre of her work.

Ms Phillips, whose party gained a record seven seats in the European Parliament, will join the largest ever cross-European Green group in Brussels.

The party said in Germany, Die Grünen jumped into second place with 20 per cent, solidly beating the historically dominant social democrats, while in France, Les Verts came from nowhere to pull off a surprise third place behind Emmanuel Macron’s outfit.

Ms Phillips will travel to the European Parliament on Wednesday (May 29) to begin meetings with colleagues and exploration of a cross-continental ‘Green New Deal’.

Reflecting on last night’s result, she said: “Last night’s result wasn’t just a sincere endorsement of Green politics, it also saw pro-Remain parties surge across the UK.

“We now have the biggest ever group of UK Greens joining the European Parliament and I can’t wait to get to work in representing my constituents.

“Our message at this election was clear: by voting Green people could back remaining in the EU, demand strong action on climate change and be part of the movement against damaging austerity.

“I’m honoured to have secured our highest ever vote in South East England, and look forward to representing the region for years to come.”

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