"I believed I was the better candidate but the party members didn't. Obviously that is very upsetting. I thought I would have been a better and safer bet as Caroline is not standing if the general election is held in 2009".
This is a disaster for the Greens. Keith Taylor is their local candidate but he was always intensively disliked because he drove big polluting cars.
Keith however is a bitter man and is bound to withdraw his troops from supporting Caroline.
In contrast, the Labour Party candidate Nancy Platts managed to unite the whole Labour Party membership behind her - it should be an interesting campaign - but one in which the people of Brighton Pavilion will come to realise needs a Labour MP who is committed to the area, not a Green who will pull out if (pardon the pun) the grass is greener in Brussels.