Caroline Lucas, Britain’s first Green MP for the Brighton Pavilion constituency, was guest speaker at ‘Greening Brighton – Grasping the Opportunities’, an event hosted by the Brighton Media Centre, last Thursday 26 August.
Well attended, Lucas sparked debate as she spoke about the future of Brighton as a thriving creative community when in the last 18 months unemployment has risen by 80% and the gaping chasm between London waged commuters and low waged service economy employees widens. These are real issues and ones Lucas wants to discuss.
Quick to alleviate the myth that the Green Party is a single issue party, Lucas quipped that being Green is not about “yoghurt weaving” but about social fairness and equality – a living wage not a basic wage, unemployment, cultural diversity and education, as well as local resident concerns over road safety, hospital waiting lists and schools.
So what does this mean for Brighton and how can we advance?