Dr. Caroline LUCAS MEP
Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England region. She is also the Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales.
DATE OF BIRTH
Married with 2 children
Caroline Lucas was first elected to the European Parliament as one of the Green Party’s first MEPs in June 1999 to represent the South East of England region, and re-elected with an increased vote share in 2004 and again in 2009.
Caroline is a member of the International Trade Committee and the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. She also sits on the Parliament’s Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee.
ACHIEVEMENTS AS AN MEP
- As member of the Trade and Energy Committee from 1999-2004, Caroline forced the European Commission to undertake legal investigations into the British nuclear industry and promoted green energy as the alternative;
- As a member of the Environment Committee, Caroline has amended legislation to strengthen the case against GM crops;
- As the Parliament’s Rapporteur (draftsperson) on a far-reaching Commission Communciation on the impact of air transport on the environment, Caroline persuaded the European Parliament to support the introduction of new environmental charges and noise restrictions on airlines;
- As Vice-President of the Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into Foot and Mouth, Caroline was instrumental in ensuring that the Parliament’s Report advocated vaccination, rather than mass slaughter, as the tool of first resort in any future outbreak;
- As Vice-President and now President of the cross-party Animal Welfare group, Caroline has played a key role in keeping animal protection issues high on the agenda, and campaigned vigorously to maintain the future marketing ban on cosmetics tested on animals;
- Caroline has used her position to commission EU research that demonstrates existing safety guidelines regarding mobile phone masts are completely inadequate. Caroline has also submitted a Written Declaration (similar to an Early Day Motion) on the risks of exposure to electromagnetic field from radio frequency antennae and mobile telephones, and has called for more research to take account of new technologies such as TETRA;
- Caroline has been a high-profile campaigner against the war in Iraq. In the parliament, Caroline has demanded a complete ban on the production and use of Depleted Uranium Weapons, put questions to relevant UK officials and NGO officials, and co-hosted a meeting of MEPs in Strasbourg.
Research and policy analysis on trade, development, and environment issues for a major UK development agency.
Caroline is the current Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. She won the Party’s second County Council seat in the UK (Oxfordshire County Council, 1993-97). Shejoined the Green Party in 1986 and has held many positions including National Press Officer (1987-89) and Co-Chair (1989-90).
Caroline is an acknowledged expert on climate change, international trade and peace issues.
She is a Vice President of the RSPCA, the Stop the War Coalition, Campaign Against Climate Change, Railfuture and Environmental Protection UK (formerly National Society for Clean Air), as well as a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament National Council and a Director of the International Forum on Globalization. She is also an honorary associate member of the British Veterinary Association. The think-tanks Protect the Local, Globally and Centre for a Social Europe have Caroline as an Advisory Board Member, as does the Radiation Research Trust, the Transitions Towns Network, GLOBE EU (Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment) and the Council of the Constitution Unit. She is a patron of Action for UN Renewal, the Venezuelan Information Centre, Havant Literary Festival and Lifecycle UK and a matron of the Women’s Environmental Network.
Caroline has published widely on a range of topics that include trade, food, globalisation and the European Union.The majority of these publications can be accessed by clicking here.
At a time when Green issues have risen up the political agenda dramatically, Caroline’s work has not gone unnoticed. She has received a number of accolades for her efforts to safeguard the environment, as well as her work in animal rights, and has featured in several high profile lists of top decision makers and influencers.
Caroline received the Michael Kay Award from the RSPCA in 2006 for her outstanding contribution to European animal welfare.
BBC Wildlife listed Caroline in their ‘Top 50 Conservationists’, and New Consumer magazine placed her eighth in a list of 100 people judged to have made the biggest contribution to ethical consumption.
She was voted Politician of the Year in the Observer Ethical Awards in 2007 and 2009, and was also named as one of the Guardian’s ‘Top 50 eco heroes’ in January 2008.
In October 2008, Caroline was voted ‘MEP of the Year’ in the prestigious Parliament magazine awards for her work on trade.