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Bennett prepared for second stage of 'Green surge'

Green party leader Natalie Bennett has said she is preparing to lead a "second stage of the Green surge".

Natalie Bennett insists she is the right person to lead the 'second stage of the green surge' Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Speaking today, after finishing third in the race for her Holborn and St Pancras constituency seat on Thursday, Bennett said she would continue the work that has begun to make her party a "national political force".

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning she said: "For us, we've had the first stage of the green surge and what I'm aiming to do from today onwards is build the second stage of the green surge.

"We've had a good start in the last 24 hours - we've had about 1,000 more people join the Green Party so our membership has gone over 63,000, which means we are much bigger than Ukip and the Liberal Democrats."

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Greens: UK 'must do more for people fleeing violence'

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has said that Britain must do "must do more for people fleeing violence".

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Greens will 'consider the evidence' on three-way marriage

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has said she would "consider the evidence" on changing the law to allow three-way marriages.

Speaking to ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener after Pink News raised the issue, Ms Bennett said she was a fan of "evidence-based policy making", and so could not pass comment either way at this point as to whether it was something the Greens would support.

Green Party leader 'loses voice' due to too much talking

Natalie Bennett has had to alter her campaigning schedule today after losing her voice due to "too many conversations with voters".

The Green Party leader tweeted:

Greens 'delighted' at Labour rents cap plan

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has denied Labour stole her thunder, saying she was "delighted" it had announced plans to cap rents in line with inflation.

But she called Ed Miliband's policy, announced the day before her party's plan to do the same, a "watered down" version, stressing the Greens had a different approach to housing.

She told BBC Breakfast:

We need to move away from thinking of homes primarily as financial assets and go back to thinking they are safe places for people to live.

– Natalie Bennett

The Greens would also abolish right to buy, she said, and build 500,000 social homes on brownfield sites over the course of the next parliament.

Bennett on her decision to become British citizen

The Green Party leader has said she wants to, "celebrate contribution of migrants to Britain," as she spoke her own decision to become a British citizen in the live Challengers' Debate.

Natalie Bennett

I am an immigrant, I've chosen to become a British citizen, to make my life in Britain. I came as a visitor, I loved the British way of life, I love the traditions, the culture and I decided to stay and make this my home.

– Natalie Bennett
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