Natalie Bennett, the leader of the Green Party in England and Wales, said she intends to step down when her second two-year term runs out at the end of August.
Bennett said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper published Monday that she’s “not a smooth, spin-trained, lifelong politician” and she’s making the announcement now to allow candidates time to come forward.
While the Greens increased their share of the vote in last year’s general election and membership increased, the party failed to add to its single House of Commons lawmaker, Caroline Lucas. The start of their campaign was overshadowed by an LBC radio interview in which Bennett was unable to answer questions about the party’s housing policy. She said she suffered a “mind blank.”
The Greens lost seats in local elections earlier this month, though their candidate for London mayor, Sian Berry, finished third, increasing the party’s share of the vote.