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 ...
Jean Lambert: Proposed new EU asylum rules fall short of solidarity needed A new system of more shared responsibility for asylum applications among European Union countries has been put forward today by the European Commission . The proposal reinforces the current failures in the system and will not give more certainty and hope to desperate people, according to the Greens' migration spokesperson, Jean Lambert MEP.
The European Commission has proposed to maintain the current system - known as the ‘Dublin Regulation’ - under which the country in which an asylum seeker first arrives is responsible for processing their asylum application. This system has reached breaking point in Greece and Italy where most people coming into Europe first arrive.
The United Kingdom will have the choice to opt-out of the proposed system.
Reacting to today's proposals, Lambert said:
"The current EU asylum system is broken and does not work either for EU member states or those caught up in the asylum process. A new system, based on solidarity and responsibility-sharing
Natalie Bennett joins Green campaign in Wales for first assembly seat The Green Party’s leader Natalie Bennett joins the campaign trail in Wales today (3 May) as the party aims to win its first seat in the Welsh Assembly.
Natalie will be joined by Wales Green Party leader, Alice Hooker-Stroud as they take part in the Reclaim the Power action camp near the Ffos-y-Fran opencast mine, Merthyr Tydfil .
The leaders will join activists from across the UK to occupy the site nearby the current open cast mine to highlight the damaging impact of coal on health, the local environment and to the climate globally.
“Green AMs will work tirelessly for a Wales powered by renewable energy, rather than dirty fossil fuels or dangerous, expensive nuclear power. Our party is united behind a policy of saying no to costly trident renewal and we’ll campaign hard for this money to be spent on making our NHS and education system the best it can be.
“The London and Northern Irish assemblies have been strengthened by the addition of loud Green voices,
Clean Air in London endorses Sian Berry and the Greens Clean Air in London asks people to vote Green on the London Assembly list vote and has urged support for Sian Berry as 1st preference for Mayor.
The Clean Air in London campaign has recommended voting Green on the London-wide Assembly list (1) on Thursday 5 May, in order to “get clean air most firmly on the London Assembly”.
Their decision about who to recommend for Thursday’s election is based upon the policy commitments made by the candidates. It is one of a series of independent recommendations and positive assessments made by campaign groups which have favoured the greens.
Friends of the Earth gave the greens a 10/10 score (2), as did the Guardian ‘bike blog’. Londoners on Bikes have urged people to vote green for the London Assembly and as their Mayoral 1st preference. The magazine Inside Housing thought Sian Berry was the best candidate at the National Housing Federation debate and the campaign group Generation Rent have given Sian Berry a clear lead (3) when ass
Natalie Bennett: Green councillors are 'a new broom sweeping through dusty corridors' Natalie Bennett in Stroud for final day of campaigning ahead of 5 May elections
* Greens standing over 1,500 candidates on 5 May
Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, is visiting Stroud on the eve of the 5 May elections. Bennett, who has been campaigning in recent days in Wales to help the Greens achieve their first seat in the Welsh Assembly (1), will spell out how Greens have thought-through plans to address the housing crisis, clean up our dirty air, and protect green spaces.
Stroud’s six Green councilors have been breaking the mould with their innovative, grown-up approach to local politics. Energetic Green councillors have helped Stroud become the first council in Europe to become Carbon Neutral (2) and deliver new council housing for the first time in 30 years.
Bennett will visit new council housing being built and a local school where they are cooking their own school dinners and growing some of their own vegetables.
Ahead of her visit, Benn