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Student vote helps Greens hold Brighton

The Green Party’s Caroline Lucas has strengthened her hold on Brighton Pavilion after the party pledged to abolish tuition fees and increase public spending on science.

Lucas held on to the party’s single seat, increasing her share of the vote by 10 per cent to reach 41.8 per cent, building on the narrow win over Labour in 2010. Her success was helped by her vigorous campaign to increase the party’s popularity at the constituency’s two universities.

Polling at the end of April by the research agency YouthSight showed that 21 per cent of students were thinking of voting Green, against a national average of 5 per cent, according to the BBC.

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