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 ...
Break up RBS into local community banks, says leading Green Party economist Molly Scott Cato Dr. Molly Scott Cato, National Green Party finance speaker and the South West Green Party's lead candidate for next May's European Elections, has called on Business Secretary Vince Cable to split up Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and turn it into local community banks .
The call comes in the wake of a damning report on the bank's "unscrupulous" treatment of small businesses . The allegations centre on RBS offering customers help with turning their businesses around but instead deliberately charging high fees so that they would become bankrupt, enabling the bank to pick up their assets on the cheap. The allegations will now be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
Scott Cato said: " This bank, which we, the taxpayers of this country, bailed out and own, has been found actively working to destroy small businesses and profit from their demise. It has long been clear that the financial sector in this country is sucking the lifeblood out of our economy, but the fraudulent
Natalie Bennett Speech: The NHS - our NHS - is under attack Speech given at the 999 Call For The NHS rally, organised by the "Darlo mums" group at Durham Town Hall today.
The NHS - our NHS - is under attack
The attack is coming from three fronts – first from the rightwing media and politicians, who are seizing on every medical incident, every time something goes wrong, as in any organisation it is sometimes going to do, to pound the service for its failings, real and perceived, to drive home the message to the public that the NHS has to change, needs that fictional “private sector efficiency” that we know is code for putting public funds into private profits, slashing pay and conditions or staff and cutting services. And they’re using these failings to claim that somehow we can no longer afford the NHS, when in fact we can’t afford NOT to have the NHS.
And the attack is direct – clinical commissioning groups, under government pressure, are letting contracts, giant contracts usually, for which the majority of bidders are likely to
Young Greens: Student loan sell-off plan is 'shocking new low' Responding to news that the government has agreed a deal to sell off £890m of student loans to a debt recovery specialist, Siobhan MacMahon, Young Greens Co-Chair, said:
"This latest announcement marks a dangerous shift in university loans funding from the state to profit-making companies. The privatisation of student loans follows the disastrous sell-off of Royal Mail and is the latest in a string of undemocratic transferrals of publicly-owned assets to privateers. It comes in a long line of cuts, course closures and attacks on Higher Education as a whole, a sector which is steadily being commercialised.
"The Young Greens utterly condemn this decision and will be ramping up our campaign agaisnt the move, along with thousands of students and graduates across the country. The government has picked a fight with an already embattled and angry generation who will not tolerate their loans being handed over to debt collection companies.
"We call on students and graduate
Green MEPs: The EU ban on seal products reflects the views of Europeans AN EU ban on the sale of seal fur has been upheld by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) – the body responsible for overseeing international trade disputes.
After a long campaign led by Green MEPs in the European Parliament, the EU outlawed the import of all products using derived from commercially slaughtered seals in 2009.
The ban led to a WTO challenge by Norway and Canada on the grounds that it violated international free trade commitments.
But yesterday the WTO issued a ground-breaking final report on the case, upholding the ban – and the EU's right to restrict imports on 'moral grounds'.
The news was welcomed by Green Euro-MPs Jean Lambert (London) and Keith Taylor (South-East England).
Ms Lambert said: "This is truly a ground-breaking ruling, establishing clearly the right of the EU to set, democratically, its own moral standards.
"The EU ban on the barbaric trade of seal products was a real victory for the global campaign against animal cruelty. By closing the door on