Caroline Lucas Quits the Stop the War Coalition

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Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, has stood down from her role as patron of the Stop the War coalition. The group has attracted controversy in recent weeks with some statements which were made including that the US and allies were responsible for the terrorist attacks in Paris.

In a statement Lucas said that:

“[Lucas’s] busy parliamentary and constituency schedule means that she doesn’t have time to fully engage with the role of a patron and, in light of some recent StWC positions that she didn’t support, she felt standing down was the responsible thing to do”.

Lucas is a former Vice-President of the group and she continues to oppose air strikes in Syria.

Despite pressure from within the Labour Party the leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has refused to criticise the group. Corbyn said “those who oppose war shouldn’t be condemned or denigrated”.