July 29 2014 Latest news:
Emma Youle, News editor
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The national leader of the Green Party has been selected to fight to become the next MP for Holborn and St Pancras at the general election in 2015.
Natalie Bennett lives in Somers Town, is a local community campaigner and an active member of the People’s Supermarket Co-operative.
Born in Sydney, Australia, she has lived in London since 1999.
She started her career as a journalist in rural New South Wales and has worked for the Bangkok Post, the Telegraph, the Independent, The Times and, most recently, as editor of Guardian Weekly.
Natalie obtained a degree in agricultural science from the University of Sydney.
A trustee of the Fawcett Society, Britain’s pre-eminent women’s issues group, she was the founder of the blog Carnival of Feminists and is an active campaigner on women’s issues, as well as the founding chair of Green Party Women.
Camden resident Natalie Bennett will contest the seat that has been held by Labour MP Frank Dobson since the constituency was founded in 1983.
On Sunday the Greens announced the result of an internal ballot for the constituency nomination.
Party leader Ms Bennett received 81 per cent of the vote and was selected to contest the seat for a second time.
She last stood during the general election in 2010 and came fourth with 2.7 per cent of the vote - down by 4.8 per cent on the Green’s vote share in Holborn and St Pancras in 2005.
Ms Bennett, who has been leader of the Green Party since 2012 and lives in Somers Town, said: “Having stood in Holborn and St Pancras in 2010, I am proud to once again represent the Green Party in this constituency in 2015.
“Dissatisfaction with the three largest parties is widespread.
“Huge numbers of voters are looking elsewhere and we can offer a professional, determined, alternative.
“With a majority of the 28 per cent Lib Dem vote from 2010 looking for a new home, and Frank Dobson loyalists sizing up a new Labour candidate, we’ve an opportunity to build towards being serious contenders in Holborn and St Pancras.”
The constituency has been a safe Labour seat under Frank Dobson, but the Green Party believes it has a “real opportunity” to overtake other parties in Holborn and St Pancrass.
Across Camden in the 2012 London Assembly election 15 per cent of people voted Green.
Gospel Oak community activist Constantine Buhayer challenged Ms Bennett for the Holborn and St Pancras candidacy and received 19 per cent of the vote.
“I would like to thank Constantine for standing and for raising important issues in this selection process,” said Ms Bennett.
Local Green Party constituency members took part in the postal ballot, which closed on Friday.