Caroline Lucas is a British politician who has twice led the Green Party of England and Wales and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton Pavilion since the 2010 general election.
Peter and Valerie Lucas, middle-class Conservative voters, welcomed Lucas into the world in Malvern, Worcestershire, where he was born.
Her father ran a modest central heating company and sold solar panels; she is one of three children. Her mother raised their children while staying at home.
Lucas attended the Great Malvern residential private school Malvern Girls’ College, which changed its name to Malvern St. James in 2006. She next enrolled in the University of Exeter, where in 1983 she graduated with a first-class BA (Hons) in English Literature.
As a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Lucas frequented the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and the Molesworth Peace Camp while he was an undergraduate.
With the intention of being imprisoned, Lucas, a CND activist, cut fences as part of the Snowball Campaign against US military installations in the UK.
Awarded a PhD in English from the University of Exeter in 1990 with a thesis titled Writing for Women: A Study of Woman as Reader in Elizabethan Romance, Lucas received a scholarship to attend the University of Kansas between 1983 and 1984, earning a Diploma in Journalism.
Beginning in 1989, Lucas worked for Oxfam as a press representative while pursuing her doctorate. She later held further positions with the organization, got involved with the Green Party, and eventually left Oxfam in 1999.
Lucas joined the Green Party in 1986 as a result of being “utterly inspired” by Jonathon Porritt’s book Seeing Green. Since Clapham, where she then resided, was home to the Green Party office, she reasoned: “Right! I’m heading there right away and will spend the rest of my days at this celebration.
She quickly rose to the positions of co-chair (1989–1990) and national press officer (1987–1989) for the party. She joined the Green Party of England and Wales in 1990 when the Green Party split into three distinct parties for each of the UK’s component nations. From 1991 (for the general election the following year), Lucas served as their General Election Speaker. From 1997, Lucas served as a Regional Council Member.
Lucas received the 2006 Michael Kay Award “for her outstanding contribution to European animal welfare” from the RSPCA throughout her tenure as a politician and campaigner.
Lucas has three times received the Politician of the Year honour from The Observer Newspaper Ethical Awards. She won in 2007, 2009, and 2010 thanks to the support of the Observer’s readers, who vote for the winner. She was named one of “50 people who could save the planet” in 2008 by The Guardian.
Who is Caroline Lucas husband, Richard Savage?
Caroline Lucas is married to Richard Savage. They married in 1991. The couple have two sons, one of whom is an academic at the University of California, Santa Barbara.