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 Party responds to Government migration plans The Green Party has responded to the government’s new plans to tackle illegal immigration.
Natalie Bennett said:
‘These plans are both morally reprehensible and politically inept.
‘This government has spectacularly missed its migration targets not because of the minority of migrants who stay beyond their visas, but because those targets are arbitrary and illogical; this new legislation is a transparent attempt to shift the focus away from this failure. A promised ‘crackdown’ on so-called illegal migrants risks forcing them into destitution but does nothing to address the real economic issues facing Britain.
‘The pressures we have seen in recent years on schools, hospitals and public services are not the result of immigration but of the failed politics of austerity, and the government’s consistent emphasis on immigration is an act of misdirection. Taking hard-earned money from those who have precious little in the first place, while doing nothing to address the UK’
Put people at heart of EU debate, say Greens Leading Green Party politicians have called for the EU debate to be "handed over to people".
The Greens made their statement in a letter to The Guardian signed by Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, MP for Brighton Pavilion Caroline Lucas and MEPs Jean Lambert, Molly Scott Cato and Keith Taylor.
The letter commits the Green Party to campaigning to stay in the European Union – but calls for better protection for workers and the environment across the continent.
The letter says:
“The Green party welcomes the EU referendum, though we are clear that we don’t want business-as-usual to continue. Indeed, with the looming threat of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal it’s clear that we must act now to ensure the EU doesn’t become a vehicle for a race to the bottom on environmental and social protections.
“But the fact remains that Britain is better when we work with our neighbours to find solutions to the shared problems we face. We’ll be campaigning
Key Green figures to speak at Suffolk Festival of Ideas Green Party Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali will be speaking at the Inaugural Suffolk Festival of Ideas later this month. At the festival, which aims to address environmental issues and consumerism, Shahrar will look at the scale of the challenge faced by humanity today.
"Climate change is the biggest issue of our time. Yet politicians fail to match the urgency of their words with action; others have stopped talking about it at all. I'm delighted to be able to address the Suffolk Festival about the long-term structural changes required in economics and society. How can a green path lead to happier lives without costing the earth?"
Rupert Read, Chair of Green House and the Green Party's transport spokesperson, will also speak at the festival. He said:
"Is there ever going to be a point when we have 'enough'? Only if we change our mind-set; otherwise, there'll always be a hunger for 'more', the kind of hunger that advertisers endlessly feed. Green thinking is about questioning the
Greens call for compassion in migration debate today MEPs will give their views on the European Agenda on Migration presented by the Commission in a debate with Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and the Council Presidency this morning in Strasbourg. Ahead of the debate Jean Lambert, Molly Scott Cato and Keith Taylor, Green MEPs for London, the South West and the South East of England united in saying: "The European Commission seems, at least, to have understood that EU Member States must together face up to their collective responsibility for refugees. "More opportunities for legal access to the territory of the EU and greater commitment on combating the underlying reasons why refugees flee their country of origin are needed. Along with this, a humane and compassionate response should frame the debate, not a competition to see who can talk toughest. "Seizing and sinking smugglers' boats may have a short term effect, but it also risks more injuries and deaths. Rather than grab headlin