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 ...
Government 'pushing women into poverty', says Natalie Bennett The Green Party has accused the government of failing to see the bigger picture on the issue of declining living standards for women, with leader Natalie Bennett accusing the government of ‘pushing women into poverty’ through austerity measures.
The Resolution Foundation has found that 3.7 million women will see a pay increase as a result of the new ‘national living wage’ of £7.20 per hour announced earlier this year. However, the actual UK living wage is currently 65p higher at £7.85.
Natalie Bennett said: “The government’s policy does not go far enough. With the gender pay gap closing at its slowest rate ever in recent years, the women of Britain are well overdue a pay rise. However, With the actual living wage in the UK currently at £7.85 an hour, the 3.7 million women whose pay is raised to £7.20 will still not be earning enough to live on.
“Additionally, women under 25 - with the same living costs as their older sisters - won't benefit, and face the risk of lo
Refugee crisis: If Cameron is serious about helping, UK should take 240,000 refugees If David Cameron is serious about helping Europe’s refugee crisis, he should make provision for 240,000 people to come to the UK, according to the Green Party.
The UK’s 60 million population is 12% of Europe’s – so the Greens believe the UK should support 12%, or 240,000, of the two million Afghans, Eritreans and Syrians fleeing desperate situations .
Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, said that the UK has a “humanitarian responsibility” and that although the 240,000 may at first “sound daunting”, it’s “no impossibility”.
"Stated as a single number, 240,000 sounds daunting, but put into scale, one refugee for each 266 Britons, an increase of 0.4% in the population, then that’s no impossibility.
"And we have to make it possible, for Britain has a humanitarian responsibility, as the world's sixth-richest economy, as a state whose unilateral, and sometimes illegal, actions have helped to create the political and military chaos in the region
Refugee Crisis: UK must do everything in its power to help the most vulnerable says Green Party Refugees who reach Europe should be “able to settle in all EU member states” according to senior Green Party figures.
The heart-breaking picture of a dead three-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach is generating loud calls for EU states, especially the UK, to do more to end the crisis.
Natalie Bennett, the Leader of the Green Party said:
“We have to acknowledge that this is a crisis that needs a European – indeed eventually a global – response. We’re in a situation like that in the 1970s, with the refugees from IndoChina, for whom the world found 2.5 million new homes. It happened imperfectly, slowly, not entirely adequately, but it happened. The grandchildren of those refugees are now established, secure, valued members of societies around the globe.
“The UK must do everything in its power to help the most vulnerable and we should abandon the fiction of our own utterly risible “vulnerable Syrians” programme (at last count helping 216 refugees) and sig
Green Party slams government over “woeful” underinvestment in renewables as Hinkley nuclear plant construction faces further delays The Green Party has criticised the government for a ‘woeful lack of investment’ in renewable energy, as doubts are raised over the potential for nuclear power to generate the energy capacity needed in the next 10 years. Calling nuclear energy a ‘bad investment’, Green Party spokesperson Cllr Andrew Cooper called for further funding to ensure that more of Britain’s energy needs are met from renewable sources.
It became clear today that the construction of nuclear power station Hinkley Point C will not be completed in time to fill the gap in the UK’s energy needs expected when a number of coal-fired power stations close.
Hinkley Point C was initially projected to be completed by 2017; however, as French energy company EDF struggles to find funding, it is unlikely that construction will even have started by then, and now will not even be completed by 2023.
It was also revealed today that the UK’s projected nuclear costs are the highest in the world.
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