NATALIE BENNETT has sparked speculation that she may resign as Green Party leader after May’s elections, writes Luke James.
Party rules mean an election for the top post, which was shared between two “principal speakers” until 2008, must be held every two years.
Ms Bennett took the reins in 2012 after Caroline Lucas stepped back from party leadership to concentrate on her Brighton Pavilion parliamentary constituency.
She was re-elected unopposed in 2014, but Ms Lucas is considering a fresh leadership bid after retaining her seat comfortably in 2015.
Ms Bennett repeatedly refused to confirm whether she would stand again when quizzed on this year’s leadership election on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour on Sunday evening.
She said: “The election I am focusing on at the moment is in two-and-a-half weeks — we’ve got elections in councils, on the assembly. I will be making a decision after that.”