New Green Party leader Natalie Bennett promised today to fight the government's "economicaly illiterate cuts" and push for "investment in the future."
The Australian-born former journalist was elected to succeed Caroline Lucas, who remains the Greens' only MP.
And Will Duckworth, a Green councillor in Dudley, was elected deputy leader to replace Adrian Ramsay.
Ms Bennett's election comes in time for the Greens' conference in Bristol this Friday, where she will give the keynote speech.
She demanded that the government spend money on homes, jobs, public transport, renewable energy and energy conservation.
"There are so many things we need to be investing in now and creating jobs, not throwing people into unemployment."
The Greens would introduce a living wage and sufficient benefits to ensure "the chance of a good life for everyone in Britain," she said.
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