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 Spring Conference – Panels announced * Greens to hold spring Party Conference 26-28 February 2016 in Harrogate, north Yorkshire
* Natalie Bennett: 2016 “is the year that we turn the ‘Green surge’ in to Green seats”
Panels on flooding prevention and mitigation, greening our cities and on the political challenges and opportunities in the post Cop21 era will take place at the Green Party’s Spring Conference at the Harrogate International Centre, 26-28 February 2016.
Following the Greens’ best-ever performance in a General Election, in which the Party achieved one million votes for the first time, Green Party members and supporters from across the UK will congregate for three days of policy-making, learning and networking.
Speaking ahead of Conference, Natalie Bennett, who will deliver her Leaders’ Speech at 14.00 on Friday 26th 2016, said:
“This year is the year that we turn the ‘Green surge’ in to Green seats. We are a vibrant, united party committed to our values and, driven forward by our pa
Caroline Lucas MP brings Railway Bill to Parliament A Bill to bring the rail network back into public hands could save taxpayers up to £1 billion a year and lead to lower fares and better services, Caroline Lucas MP has claimed today. 
The Railways Bill , which due its Second Reading in Parliament later today, would bring the rail network into public ownership step by step. When franchises come up for expiry, or private companies break the terms of their franchise agreements, they would revert to the control of a public body.
Support for public ownership of the railways remains strong both among the general public and, increasingly, in Parliament. The Labour Party is now, according to Jeremy Corbyn, ‘committed to a publicly owned railway as the best way to secure a fair deal for rail passengers and taxpayer’. Both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell are co-sponsors of the Bill.
Lucas presents her bill to Parliament after another week of chaos on the trains in her hometown of Brighton. At a meeting with the Department for Tran
Jean Lambert MEP: British government must do more to proactively assist vulnerable people in Calais REACTING to the court's decision (1) to allow four Syrian refugees, three of them unaccompanied children to legally travel from Calais to the UK to join their loved ones, Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London commented:
"I warmly welcome the decision and wish them well for their new lives with their families here in the UK.
"I commend the work of UK Citizens and the other organisations who identified and fought the case on behalf of these vulnerable youngsters, and strongly condemn the total failure of the British and French governments to ensure that those stranded in Calais have swift access to an effective asylum procedure, and their rights under European law to have their claim examined in the same country in which close family members are present properly upheld. Let’s not forget that the court are not making significant special exemptions in this case, they are simply ensuring that EU law, which stipulates that close families must be kept together when seeking protection, is pro
Draft EU baby food rules sunk by MEPs due to provisions on sugar The European Parliament today voted to reject draft EU rules on baby food, which would have allowed baby foods to contain far higher levels of sugar than those recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) (1).
Commenting after the vote, Green MEP for the South East, Keith Taylor, who was behind the motion to reject the rules, said:
“The European Parliament has today voted to put the health of babies and children first. The health risks associated with excessive sugar consumption are now widely accepted. The role of regulation should be to try and address this risk, particularly for infants and children, who are the most vulnerable consumers.
“The rules proposed by the European Commission would have permitted an unacceptably high sugar content in baby food, far higher than WHO recommendations. The introduction of such high levels of sugar to foods – especially so early – is likely to contribute to the rising levels of childhood obesity and may affect the developing tast