27 May 2019
Alexandra Phillips, formerly Mayor of Brighton and Hove, has been elected as the new Green Party MEP for South East England, with 13.5% of the region's vote, up from 9% in 2014. The Green Party came third in the region, ahead of Labour and the Conservatives.
Across the nation, the Green Party has had the best election result for thirty years - going from 3 to 7 MEPs, with a vote of over 2 million. The party won its first seats in the East, North West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humber regions as well as retaining representation in London, the South East and the South West. .
Interviewed by The Independent, MEP Phillips said, "Last night's result wasn't just a sincere endorsement of Green politics, it also saw pro-Remain parties surge across the UK. We now have the biggest ever group of UK Greens joining the European Parliament and I can't wait to get to work in representing my constituents. Our message at this election was clear: by voting Green people could back remaining in the EU, demand strong action on climate change and be part of the movement against damaging austerity. I'm honoured to have secured our highest ever vote in South East England, and look forward to representing the region for years to come."
Born and brought up in Liverpool, Alexandra joined the Green Party and the Young Greens in 2003. In 2008 she moved to Brighton and was elected to Brighton and Hove Council in July 2009, re-elected three times and in 2019 became the youngest ever Mayor of Brighton and Hove.