Search

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett selected to fight for election as MP in Holborn and St Pancras

12:58 06 May 2014

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Holborn and St Pancras. Picture: Polly Hancock

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has been selected as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Holborn and St Pancras. Picture: Polly Hancock

Archant

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.

Profile: Natalie Bennett

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.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

16:31
Christopher Atkins                Picture: HMRC

A film producer from Gospel Oak who was jailed for five years after spinning a “web of lies” to get taxpayer funding for a Bafta-nominated film has been ordered to repay more than £100,000.

14:07
The crash in Swiss Cottage happened this morning         Picture: Nick Ansell/PA

A driver has been freed from a car after it crashed into a parked lorry in Swiss Cottage.

12:55
Mandarin workshop at Highgate Primary School

A Highgate school which prides itself on being a pioneer in teaching Mandarin is pulling out all the stops to embrace Chinese culture.

Yesterday, 15:00
Lord Dubs      Picture: Katie Collins/PA

Dozens of politicians, religious leaders, charity heads and cultural groups in Camden have signed a letter pleading with Home Secretary Amber Rudd to change her mind on settling child refugees in Britain.

Yesterday, 10:48
Lara Casalotti

A year ago, Belsize Park student Lara Casalotti was in desperate need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Yesterday, 09:57
The crash in England's Lane                Picture: Francoise Lamouche

A car crashed and flipped over in Belsize Park last night – with the occupants mysteriously fleeing.

Mon, 17:49
Nazanin with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella

West Hampstead mum Nazanin has finally seen a specialist for her back and neck, who said that without urgent treatment she could run the risk of permanent impairment

Mon, 13:14
Gakleen Shahata

Police are increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of a deaf woman with learning difficulties after she went missing from a church in Golders Green.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now