Bernie Sanders's brother loses in British elections
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The brother of White House hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Andrew Yang: News coverage of Trump a 'microcosm' of issues facing country MORE (I-Vt.) lost a longshot bid for British Parliament on Thursday.

Larry Sanders, who ran as a member of the Green Party, won just 4.4 percent of the vote in his district of Oxford West & Abingdon. The Green Party won just one seat in the British Parliament in the 2015 elections.


Sanders lost to Nicola Blackwood, a member of the Conservative Party, a trend indicative of the Conservative Party's upset victory. While many polls predicted a tight race, Conservatives emerged with a likely majority in Parliament, a surprise for most election experts.

Larry Sanders moved to England in 1969 after growing up in New York City.  He’s served in local government and previously worked as a social worker and lawyer.

Sen. Sanders gave a nod to his brother during his announcement speech last week, giving Larry credit for introducing him to many of his ideas.

In an interview with CNN, Larry expressed dismay at the role of money in politics, an issue that’s become one of his brother’s top appeals during his career and nascent presidential bid.

"Can you believe that you can have a politics that has vast amounts of money — rich countries — and more and more of it goes to a tiny amount of people?" he asked. 

“Something has gone strange.”

He pushed back against accusations that the Sanders’s views are not in line with most people both in the United Kingdom and America.

“I don't think we are out of the mainstream. I think that what we have noticed is that the mainstream has been ignored for a long time,” he said.