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 ...
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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 ...
Greens 'disappointed' by narrow, simplistic nature of Europe TV debate IN advance of tonight's debate on Europe on Sky television between Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett expressed disappointment that the public was being presented with such a narrow perspective on these important issues.
"The public will be presented with two simplistic, unrealistic views of the European Union and Britain's place in it. They'll hear from Ukip that it is the source of all of our problems and withdrawal would, like waving a magic wand, solve them all, and from the Lib Dems the utterly naïve view that through the EU-US free trade deal the British economy would receive an enormous boost, without radical and disastrous side effects.
"The public will also be hearing from one party with no MPs in the British parliament, and a party that the pollsters suggest may well have no MEPs after the European election on May 22. They won't be hearing from the Green Party, part of the fourth-largest-gro
Vivienne Westwood supports Caroline Lucas MP against fracking charges Dame Vivienne Westwood, the English fashion designer who played an instrumental role in bringing punk and new wave clothing fashions into the mainstream, has sent a message of support to Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion.
Caroline is facing charges at Brighton Magistrates this week for obstructing the highway and failing to comply with police conditions imposed on a peaceful protest last summer in Sussex against hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking).
Fracking is a controversial process where a mixture of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground, under high pressure, to force fossil fuels from rock layers.
Climate scientists agree that we must take action now to avert irreversible climate change and experts say that 60 to 80 per cent of unexploited fossil fuels will have to remain in the ground to avoid the worst of climate change.
Vivienne said, “Caroline Lucas is the only parliamentary member for the Green Party; if their economic policies were put
STOP FRACKING: Katharine Hamnett designs T-shirt to show support for Caroline Lucas
Katharine Hamnett, the pioneer of ethical and environmental clothing (1), has pledged her support for anti-fracking campaigners, including Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, as they stand trial for involvement in anti-fracking protests at Balcombe last year.
Last summer, Sussex Police arrested 126 people during the anti-fracking protests in Balcombe, which included the five who are appearing in court this week. All of the five deny charges of obstructing the public highway and failing to comply with conditions imposed by a senior police officer.
Fracking is a controversial process where a mixture of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground, under high pressure, to force gas from rock layers.
“I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with anti-fracking campaigners who are working to stop fracking happening, and protect our planet from irreversible climate change.
“Put simply, climate change is the biggest threat to our future. Caroline Lucas is
Green Party leader speaks out against bedroom tax as she visits Tameside homelessness project
Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, is marking the anniversary of the deeply damaging bedroom tax by visiting the Emmaus community in Mossley, Tameside today, 28 March. The project provides a home and work to the homeless and unemployed.
Natalie Bennett said: "The figures exposed today by the BBC's research show that only 6% of people affected by the bedroom tax have been able to move. We already know that 66% are in rent arrears, with 15% facing eviction as a result. This latest research is further evidence that the bedroom tax is causing widespread misery and suffering. That there are hundreds of thousands of households trapped in unaffordable homes, is an indictment of the bedroom tax policy, and this government."
She continued: "The bedroom tax is one further blow to disabled people in Britain, already hit hard by the deeply flawed and unreasonable Work Capability Assessment administered by the dreadful Atos. Two thirds of the households affected by the bedroom tax have at l