Keith is one of ten MEPs representing a South East of England constituency which covers Kent, East and West Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and the Isle of Wight.
Keith is Vice Chair of the Parliament's Animal Welfare Intergroup and a member of the Parliament's Intergroup on LGBTI Rights. He is also the Vice President of the UK’s Local Government Association Group in the European Parliament.
In addition, Keith is a member of the European Parliament’s delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council which works to forge greater links between MEPs and parliamentarians in Palestine. He is also the European Chair of the Climate Parliament.
Keith is Vice Chair of the European Alzheimer’s Alliance.
Keith was a Green Party councillor for St Peter’s & North Laine ward in Brighton and Hove for 11 years, having been first elected in 1999. He served on the council’s planning committee and was the leader of Brighton & Hove council’s Green group from 2001. In the 2005 General Election, Keith stood in Brighton Pavilion. Keith received 22% of the vote; at that time, a record for the Party.
Ss a councillor, Keith worked on a huge range of campaigns and casework. He was instrumental in securing the release of Brighton resident Omar Degayes from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He was a representative for Brighton and Hove on the UN Peace Messenger City project and the city’s representative to the Local Government Association. Keith also helped secure a High Court victory for families with severely autistic children – overturning a council decision in the process.
Keith was a Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England & Wales between 2004 and 2006 before the party adopted its new leadership structure. He has previously been a Green spokesperson on planning and regeneration; led the development of the party’s manifesto and has a history of outstanding performance in local and European Parliament elections.
Keith worked for Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas MEP for five years as her Regional Liaison Officer, gaining a thorough knowledge of the South East constituency and developing regional economic policy. European Parliament elections work on a proportionally representative list system and, as the Green Party’s next candidate on its 2009 list for the South East region, Keith took Caroline Lucas’s place in the European Parliament, following her election to the House of Commons as the UK’s first Green MP in 2010. Keith was successfully re-elected in May 2014 to serve another five years as Green MEP for South East England.
Keith splits his time between Brussels and Brighton, where his family lives; he is a proud grandfather of three. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, music and the arts and meeting up with family and friends, particularly over a pint of locally brewed beer