A FORMER Green Party leader has visited the Isle of Wight to support the party's General Election campaign.

Natalie Bennett led the Green Party until 2016 and received a life peerage in September this year, becoming Baroness of Manor Castle.

During the weekend, she visited a Freshwater primary school and the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival with Isle of Wight parliamentary candidate Vix Lowthion.

Ms Lowthion said: "She enjoyed a fun afternoon at the All Saints Primary School’s Christmas fair. We also had time to visit the ever-busy Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival and see the best year of decorated trees yet.

"On Sunday evening, Baroness Bennett spoke about her early weeks as only the second ever Green member of the upper chamber. She welcomes her new position but is also committed to campaigning to abolish the House of Lords."

Baroness Bennett said: “I have always said the future of politics doesn’t look like the past.

"On the Isle of Wight, we have a real opportunity to shape a better future, a Greener future.

"Greens are committed to a more positive future that we can all share, and I look forward to coming back to the Island to visit our next Green MP.”