Leader to quit council to run for Parliament

Coun Jillian Creasy, left, with Caroline Lucas, the Green Party's only MP, outside Sheffield railway station.
Coun Jillian Creasy, left, with Caroline Lucas, the Green Party's only MP, outside Sheffield railway station.
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The leader of Sheffield’s Green Party is standing down as a councillor – to run for Parliament at the next election.

Jillian Creasy has announced her intention to stand down as a Central ward councillor in May in a bid to win the Sheffield Central parliamentary seat from Labour MP Paul Blomfield.

The Green Party hope to make her their first Sheffield MP and have made the constituency one of their top target seats for the next election.

Coun Creasy has been on Sheffield Council since 2004 and has been leader of the Green group since 2006.

She said: “The Greens are the clear challengers to Labour in Sheffield Central after our vote surge in last May’s council elections. I’m energised to win this campaign and serve as a strong MP for this friendly and diverse constituency.

“There’s real suffering among the poorest and most vulnerable as all the mainstream parties offer only the policies of austerity.

“We’ll stimulate the economy to create sustainable jobs with a clear focus on reversing the widening gap between rich and poor.”

The Greens have four Sheffield Council members, all in wards within the Sheffield Central constituency area.