Natalie Bennett has been elected the new leader of the Green Party in England and Wales in a ballot of party members today.
Caroline Lucas is standing down as leader of the Green Party. Ms Lucas - who was elected as the party's first MP in 2010 - said she would step down in September at the end of her second, two-year term as leader.
"We're lucky to have a wealth of capability and experience in our party. Now feels like the right time to step aside, to allow more of that ability to come forward and help the party to grow," she said in a statement on the party's website.
The Green party is celebrating solid results in today's local elections. They saw an overall gain of 11 councillors, and the successful defence of all their seats in stronghold Norwich.
The party's leader and only MP Caroline Lucas said the results showed the Greens were "growing in confidence and steadily building support".
Jenny Jones, the Green party candidate for London mayor, is currently heading for third place.
The Blackpool branch of the Green Party has called for a moratorium on drilling at the Bowland basin site near Blackpool, where there were two earthquakes in April and May 2011. It released this statement in response
– Philip Mitchell, chairman, Blackpool Green Party
The pollution has many different ways of getting into the ground, gas is dissolved in water and can find its way into the water course. There has been little interest at any level of government in public safety and the impact on the Lancashire countryside.