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Greens' Caroline Lucas looking forward to 'big debates'

Ahead of Thursday's televised leaders' debate, Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party, said she is nervous but excited about the opportunity "to speak to so many people".

Ms Lucas also said she would love to see Prime Minister Theresa May "actually turn up".

"She said this is the most important General Election in her lifetime but yet she can't even be bothered to turn up to debate it. So that's disappointing."

Ms Lucas added that she was looking forward to getting into some "big debates" around Brexit, the NHS, and the economy".

She also said the debate provides the opportunity to put forward a "really distinctive Green message on Brexit".

"We think people should have the right to that second referendum to look at the small print of the deal before they sign up," she insisted.

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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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