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 ...
Green council leader honoured for contribution to local government Green leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Councillor Jason Kitcat, has won the ‘Judges Special Award for Contribution to Local Government’ at the sixth annual LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) Councillor Achievement Awards.
The award ceremony was held this week in Westminster at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Westminster City Council.
The Awards are the only national ceremony to honour the hard work of councillors from across the country.
With nearly 200 nominations, competition was described by the LGIU as “extremely tight this year”.
The winners were selected by a group of judges made up of local government experts and councillors.
Jason’s award was unanimously agreed by the judging panel in recognition of the huge number of achievements the Greens had been able to deliver.
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU said. "It is a real privilege to honour the outstanding efforts of these councillors who work day in and day out to make our communities healthier,
Caroline Lucas MP presents NHS bill to Parliament
* Caroline Lucas MP to present cross-party Bill in Parliament to roll back NHS privatisation and reinstate founding NHS principles – truly public, fully protected, free at point of delivery
* Lib Dem, SNP, Plaid and Labour backbenchers join Caroline Lucas MP to back NHS Bill
* Caroline Lucas MP: ‘We have a duty to ensure a public, protected NHS is central to General Election debate - I’m honoured to be presenting this Bill with such strong cross-party support’
Bill research led by Professor Allyson Pollock of Queen Mary University, London and Barrister, Peter Roderic
CAROLINE LUCAS MP is to present a cross-party Bill to restore and fully safeguard the NHS.
The National Health Service Bill will receive its first reading in Parliament later today.
It seeks to restore the founding principles behind the NHS and halt the creeping privatisation of public health services.
The Bill has gained cross-party support of backbench MPs from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, SNP an
Climate change and Green leadership - deputy leader Shahrar Ali's speech I want to talk about Climate Change and Leadership – Green Leadership.
Warming of the climate system is happening:
0.8 degrees rise in Earth’s temperature since the pre-industrial era.
9 out of 10 of the hottest years on record since 2000.
2 degrees the point at which catastrophic change is more likely than not.
Carry on business as usual and we can reach that point by mid-century!
(Some say we have already reached the point-of-no-return due to a lag in the system.)
Perhaps these facts are too alarming. Perhaps we’d rather not think about or do anything with them. To the contrary, what’s alarming is the indecision, inaction and bogus priorities betrayed by our leaders.
Climate change denial would have Vote Blue-Go Green-Cameron fly over to the Arctic in 2007 for photo op with huskies. I wonder whether that patch of ice still exists?
Climate change denial would have them plough another £30bn into road building schemes and promote airport expansion instead of afford
Samantha Pancheri statement on Free Schools Responding to Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement yesterday that the Conservatives will build 500 new free schools, Samantha Pancheri, Green Party Spokesperson for Schools, said:
“Cameron’s pledge to open 500 new Free Schools if the Conservatives are re-elected in May demonstrates how out of step the government are with the needs and wishes of people within the education system. At a time when education budgets for state schools are being cut, it is simply appalling for the Conservatives to commit to handing over vast amounts of public money for a scheme which is known to undermine accountability and has a frightening lack of transparency surrounding the approval of applications and allocation of funding.
“The Green Party opposes the opening of Free Schools and will integrate existing ones into Local Authority control – ensuring that school places are allocated fairly and consistently, and protecting local accountability. We believe that local authorities should