Cruelty Free International's Michelle Thew to stand for Labour in Brighton Pavilion

Thew, chief executive of the anti-vivisection organisation is bidding to win the seat back from the Greens' Caroline Lucas on 8 June

MIchelle Thew
MIchelle Thew

Michelle Thew, chief executive of the anti-animal experimentation organisation Cruelty Free International, has been chosen as the Labour Party candidate for the Green Party-held seat of Brighton Pavilion in next month’s general election.

Thew, who is in her second stint as chief executive of CFI, will contest the seat, which has been held by Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party, since 2010.

Thew led CFI, which in 2015 changed its name from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection, for four years from 1999, before becoming chief executive of World Animal Protection International in California. She rejoined CFI in January 2006.

She previously stood for Labour in the 2015 election in the safe Conservative seat of Bexhill and Battle, where she finished third behind UKIP.

Thew said in a statement that she was delighted to have been chosen as Labour’s candidate for Brighton Pavilion and was looking forward to the campaign.

Lucas increased her majority in Brighton Pavilion to almost 8,000 over the previous Labour Party candidate in the 2015 election, having won the seat from Labour with a majority of 1,252 in 2010.

Before that, David Lepper had been the Labour and Co-operative Party MP for the constituency since the 1997 election.

Peter Kyle, former deputy chief executive of the charity chief executives body Acevo, is bidding to remain the Labour MP for the neighbouring constituency of Hove, which he won from the Conservatives in the 2015 election.

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