A councillor thrown out of the Green group says she is considering standing as an independent candidate against Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavilion.
Christina Summers became an independent councillor for the Hollingdean and Stanmer ward after being ejected from the party on Brighton and Hove City Council for making a speech opposing gay marriage because of her Christian faith.
This week she said on Twitter that she may now stand against Caroline Lucas – the Green party’s only MP – in next year’s general election.
@CoxGraham Been wondering about standing as independent PPC for Brighton Pavilion. What do you think about that then?!
— Christina Summers (@Cllr_Christina) August 19, 2014
Her comments were addressed to fellow councillor Graham Cox, who has just been selected to contest the Hove seat for the Conservatives. Cllr Cox replied:
The Green Party’s Hove parliamentary candidate, Christopher Hawtree, also welcomed the news, saying:
— Christopher Hawtree (@chrishawtree) August 19, 2014
However, the deal is far from sealed. Cllr Summers was quick to add: “I emphasise “wondering”. I’d love to but someone very rich needs to give me some of their money…quick!”