Caroline Russell

Caroline Marguerite Cumine Russell (born 10 August 1962)[1] is a Green Party of England and Wales politician and activist. Since May 2016, she has been a member of the London Assembly.[2]

Caroline Russell

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Russell speaking at "Pedal on Parliament" in October 2018
Member of the London Assembly as the 7th Additional Member
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byJenny Jones
Leader of the Greens in the London Assembly
Assumed office
19 October 2018
Preceded bySiân Berry
Councillor for Islington London Borough Council
Assumed office
22 May 2014
WardHighbury East
Preceded byJohn Gilbert
Personal details
Born (1962-08-10) 10 August 1962 (age 58)
Political partyGreen Party of England and Wales
(m. 1989)
Alma materGoldsmiths, University of London
City University London

Early life and educationEdit

Russell studied Civil Engineering at City University London, graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree, and Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, graduating with a Master of Arts (MA) degree.[3]

Political careerEdit

Russell is the national transport spokesperson for the Green Party.[4]

On 22 May 2014, Russell was elected a councillor for the Highbury East Ward of Islington London Borough Council,[5] and she was re-elected in 2018.[6] Throughout both her terms as a councillor, she has been the only non-Labour member of the council and so forms a single-person opposition.[7][8]

Russell has stood as a candidate for the Islington North constituency against the incumbent Labour MP, Jeremy Corbyn in three general elections:

  • In 2015 she came 3rd with 5,043 votes constituting 10.2% of the votes cast.[9]
  • In 2017 she came 4th with 2,229 votes constituting 4.1% of the votes cast.[10]
  • In 2019 she came 4th with 4,326 votes constituting 8.0% of the votes cast.[11]

On 5 May 2016, Russell was elected a Member of the London Assembly. She had stood as a Green Party candidate on the London-wide list.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1989, Russell married Roly Keating.[12][13] Together they have three children; one son and two daughters.[13]


  1. ^ "Caroline Russell - Candidate for Greater London assembly in Greater London Assembly elections". Democracy Club. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b "London Elections 2016". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Caroline Russell – Islington North". Islington Green Party. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ Britcher, Chris. "Green Party hits out at 'short-sighted and flawed' lower Thames crossing plans for Gravesend". Kent on Sunday. Simon Irwin. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Cllr Caroline Russell". London Green Party. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Highbury East ward | Islington Council".
  7. ^ Russell, Caroline (31 July 2014). "A solitary political life: What it's like to be the sole Green on a Labour council". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  8. ^ Hill, Dave (2 June 2014). "Will London's Greens keep growing?". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Election results". London Borough of Islington. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  11. ^ "General Election 2019 candidates". London Borough of Islington. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Caroline Russell - Register of interests". Greater London Authority. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  13. ^ a b "KEATING, Roland Francis Kester, (Roly)". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2016.