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 pledge to fast in solidarity with Shaker Aamer * Natalie Bennett, Caroline Lucas MP and Baroness Jenny Jones all pledge to #FastforShaker this week
Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, and Baroness Jenny Jones have all pledged to undertake a hunger strike of 24 hours to show their solidarity with Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held in the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
On 25 September 2015, the US told the UK that Aamer will be released and returned to his family in the UK after being held for nearly 14 years without charge or trial. However, under US law, 30 days’ notice must be given to Congress before any prisoner can be freed from Guantánamo, and, in the meantime, Aamer has embarked on a hunger strike protesting constant and ongoing abuse and his fears that, in his weakened state, he won’t live to see his family again.
Bennett, Lucas and Jones have pledged alongside Aamer’s lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, Aamer’s family, other politicians, campaigners
Security services must not get more powers without public consent, say Greens Green Party deputy leader Shahrar Ali has criticised the government’s planned Investigatory Powers Bill, after it was revealed it will give the security services powers to hack into smartphones and computers.
“The new measures contained in the Investigatory Powers Bill should be of concern to us all. They would sanction greater state intrusion into our lives, with insufficient safeguards on the threshold for surveillance and the potential misuse of data.
“It is vital that the public be given more opportunity to debate the role of the security services. To increase their powers further, without public consent, risks harming the very civil liberties we claim to want to protect.
“Surveillance upon suspected criminals and terrorists should be sanctioned with warrants granted by independent judges, not politicians. Our democracy and the rights of innocent citizens to privacy must not be unnecessarily compromised.”
Chinese nuclear deal "a national disgrace", says Molly Scott Cato MEP Commenting on the news that the Chinese President is expected to seal a deal on a financial plan for Hinkley and other new nuclear power plants when he meets David Cameron today, Molly Scott Cato MEP said:
"This is nothing short of a national disgrace. Drugged up on Chinese finance, Cameron is taking risky decisions and leading the country up a dangerous dark alley.
"This is a terrible deal which will result in the world’s most expensive power plant and massively overpriced electricity. People will continue to die of the cold and live in fuel poverty as a result of Cameron’s decision to kowtow to the Chinese Communist Party and appease the City of London.
"This is all the more tragic as we know renewable energy can deliver energy security more quickly, more cheaply and provide thousands more quality jobs.
"Hinkley still has a number of hurdles to jump, despite this deal. We will continue to oppose this white elephant every step of the way.”
Natalie Bennett attends benefits cap vigil GREEN Party leader Natalie Bennett this morning joined a vigil outside the Royal Courts of Justice supporting a legal challenge to the government's benefits cap that focuses on its discriminatory impact on disabled people and their carers.
The High Court directed that the judicial review of the benefits cap take place urgently, and follows an earlier legal ruling that found it put Britain in breach of its obligation under the UN Children's Convention.
The claim is brought by two families in which an adult relative is providing full time care to their elderly and disabled grandmothers.
"The benefits cap has brought misery and fear to huge numbers of households. A judge has already found that it is denying children the basic essentials of life, and the case today, being treated as a matter of urgency by the courts, is very strong, focusing on the cap's impact on carers for disabled relatives. Carers for children or spouses are exempt, but those caring for other relative