The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) (Welsh: Plaid Werdd Cymru a Lloegr) is a political party in England and Wales. It is the largest Green party in the United Kingdom, containing within it various regional divisions including the semi-autonomous Wales Green Party. The party currently has one Member of Parliament in the House of Commons, Caroline Lucas, who represents the constituency of Brighton Pavilion after winning her seat in the 2010 general election and was the party's first leader, serving from 2008 until 2012, when she was succeeded by Natalie Bennett. They also have one life peer (Jenny Jones), two MEPs in the European Parliament and two members of the London Assembly, as well as 141 councillors in various local councils across England and Wales.
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A new Tax and Financial Transparency Bill has been tabled in the House of Commons to tackle the UK's billion-pound tax evasion scandal.The move was initiated on 17 March 2011 by Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party in England and Wales, and MP for Brighton Pavilion.Lucas launched the Bill after posing a number of Parliamentary Questions to the Chancellor, in which she exposed the fact that HMRC is failing to prevent serious tax evasion which could amount to as much as £16 billion of lost tax.A report published this week by Tax Research UK reveals that around 500,000 companies ...
...delivers her first speech to her peers
Caroline Lucas delivers maiden speech to Parliament
I am most grateful to you for calling me during today’s debate.
The environment is a subject dear to my heart, as I’m sure you know, and I’ll return to it in a moment.
I think anyone would find their first speech in this chamber daunting, given its history and traditions, and the many momentous events it has witnessed.
But I have an additional responsibility, which is to speak not only as the new Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion, but also as the first ...
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Earlier this month Caroline Lucas made history by becoming the Green Party’s first Member of Parliament (MP) in the UK House of Commons. Lucas represents the constituency of Brighton Pavilion, on the south coast of England. She is also the head of the Green Party of England and Wales and was a Member of the European Parliament, representing South East England, from 1999-2010.
Saturday’s Guardian features an interview and profile of the groundbreaking British politician, her activist background, UK Green Party policies and her impressions of the House of Commons vs. the European ...
Young Greens slam Labour's attack on young THE Young Greens, the youth branch of the Green Party of England and Wales, have slammed Labour Leader Ed Miliband's plan to abolish Job Seekers' Allowance for 18-21 year olds.Siobhan MacMahon, co-chair of the Young Greens, said: "This latest lurch to the right by Ed Miliband just shows how discredited the Labour party has become - inflicting yet more pain on a generation already struggling with a housing crisis, youth unemployment, low wages and tuition fees which Labour introduced. "Young people need social housing, decent jobs and a Living Wage - not benefit cuts which only punish the most vulnerable for a crisis they didn't create. The Greens would deal with the deficit by ending the enormous subsidies to rail profiteers, scrapping Trident, ending costly state surveillance of citizens, and taxing the rich properly. "The solution isn't to go after an already jilted generation by abolishing Job Seekers Allowance but to create hope for a demographic that has been betrayed by the thr
General Election 2015: Greens polling at 8% The Green Party is polling at 8% ahead of the General Election in Ipsos Mori’s June Political Monitor poll (1).
The polling has the Greens neck-and-neck with the Liberal Democrats – also on 8% - for the fourth spot. The Green Party outperformed the Liberal Democrats at the May 22nd European Elections in terms of both MEPs returned and total vote (2). The Ipsos Mori fieldwork was conducted 14th-17th June 2014.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:
"This poll marks the solidifying of Green Party support after the European Election. More and more voters are seeing that only the Green Party offers the real, positive change for the common good that British politics and British society desperately need.”
The Greens elected an additional MEP at the May 22 European Elections and now have treble the number of the Liberal Democrats. The Green Party also were clearly ahead of the Liberal Democrats in the total vote – 1.2million voted for a Green MEP on May 22 compared to
Romayne Phoenix: 'The Labour hierarchy plans to continue with the Tories’ macho approach to welfare' LABOUR’s desperate mimicry of the Coalition’s macho approach to welfare inflicts yet more pain on the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, says the Green Party, the only party fighting for a real change from austerity and welfare cuts to investment in a low carbon economy which can create decent jobs for the future.
Unemployed young people could be denied out-of-work benefits unless they agree to training, Labour Leader Ed Miliband will say in speech today (1) at the Institute for Public Policy Research, a centre-left think tank. In the speech, he will say those aged 18-21 should get a means-tested "youth allowance" rather than Jobseeker's Allowance, if they train in key skills.
The Green Party will end the race to the bottom on welfare: we will not kick people when they are down.
Romayne Phoenix, Green Party Spokesperson on Welfare and Co-Chair of the People's Assembly, said:
"Today’s announcement has confirmed what we already knew: the Labour hierarchy plans to conti
GP charging: Money should not be a barrier to healthcare PATIENTS should not be charged a £10 fee to see their GP, says the Green Party, which argues that healthcare is not a commodity to be bought or sold and should be free at the point of need, and funded through taxation.
Andy McGovern, a hospital nurse in east London, has put forward a motion to the Royal College of Nursing today (1) calling on the nursing union to support a fixed fee, arguing that this will deter patients from needless visits or not keeping appointments. McGovern joins a growing number of voices who say that the NHS’ cash crisis means desperate measures – such as £10 fees - must be considered.
The Green Party opposes the introduction of fees and believes the health services’ founding principle of free care at the point of use must be resolutely defended. The Green Party opposes the Coalition government’s ongoing privatisation of our NHS and is committed to reversing public sector sell-offs where possible. The Green Party has outlined how the Coalition is