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 ...
Greens call for railways to be brought into public ownership as government backtracks on plans for railways improvements Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has called for the railways to be returned to public ownership and accused the government of “failing” on public transport after it announced it would delay or cut back several railway improvement projects.
“This government is already failing when it comes to public transport. It is failing the two-thirds of unemployed people who don't have access to a car, the thousands who die prematurely due to air pollution, the rural poor trapped by the slashing of bus services.
“The growing numbers of people who use our railways every day are increasingly dissatisfied with the service they are getting. If we want to encourage people to use public transport, to improve public health and reduce air pollution, we must invest.
“Yet instead of making public transport accessible, reliable, convenient and affordable, the government is wasting money on expensive vanity projects like HS2 and the expansion of major roads.
“The Green Party, a
Greens attack Conservatives’ ‘war on welfare’ Green Party Work and Pensions spokesperson Jonathan Bartley has attacked the government’s “war on welfare”, accusing it of “kicking people when they are down”. Green Party leader Natalie Bennett meanwhile criticised the Prime Minister for refusing to rule out further cuts to disability benefits.
Their comments came in response to a speech by David Cameron on welfare.
“The Conservative war on welfare is incoherent, misguided and based on ideology rather than reality. Welfare is an investment which helps people to build a decent life, not something that 'papers over the cracks with a veneer of fairness'. The social security of millions is being threatened in a way we haven't seen since the modern welfare state was set up.
“The best way to help people into work is to support them, not kick them when they are down. Conservative sanctions are creating barriers and making it harder, not easier, to find a job. These sanctions should be scrapped, not extended
Government’s moves to ‘coerce’ jobseekers into therapy are ‘abusive’, say Greens Green Party Work and Pensions spokesperson Jonathan Bartley has accused the government of being ‘abusive’ and ‘coercing’ jobseekers into therapy, as it launches a pilot of therapists being in job centres in Streatham.
Bartley will be attending a protest outside Streatham job centre today (Friday 26 June) at 1.30pm.
The Conservative Party manifesto stated: “People who might benefit from treatment should get the medical help they need so they can return to work. If they refuse a recommended treatment, we will review whether their benefits should be reduced.”
This alarmed many professionals, including Peter Kinderman, Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, who wrote: "This suggestion undermines a fundamental principle of medical and psychological healthcare, namely that of informed consent: a person who is capable of giving their consent has the right to refuse to receive care or services.”
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Greek debt negotiations prove Eurozone is a ‘neoliberal disciplining device’, say Greens A Green Party MEP has released a message of solidarity with the people of Greece as negotiations over the country’s bailout reach the final stages. Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the South West, calls for the people of Europe to “resist the attacks” on their democratic and social rights and describes the Eurozone as a “neoliberal disciplining device”.
Speaking at a rally in Trafalgar Square this evening (23 June), Romayne Phoenix, Deputy Chair of the Green Party’s national executive and a founder member of the Greece Solidarity Campaign, will relay Cato’s message to the public.
The message says:
“We are watching Greece with great compassion as we see the suffering of the people who are the victims of financial markets and not the authors of their own fate. We are appalled by the suggestion that the pensioners should see their incomes cut and the poor should face paying more for energy just so that distant creditors can benefit.
“We applaud the decision of the Greek peo