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 ...
Greens to hold biggest-ever Party Conference *Up to 2,000 members expected in Bournemouth
The Green Party will be holding its biggest-ever Conference on 25-28 September in Bournemouth (1).
Following the Greens’ best-ever performance in a General Election (2), in which the Party achieved one million votes for the first time, up to 2,000 Green Party members from across the UK will congregate for four days of policy-making, learning and networking.
At Conference, leading Green politicians will outline the Party’s key upcoming political and electoral campaigns. The urgent need for real action to deliver a safe climate will be one of the chief focus areas, ahead of the Paris climate conference in December.
Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, will deliver her Leaders’ Speech at 14.00 on Friday 25 September at BIC Bournemouth to assembled members, activists and political commentators.
Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, who increased her majority by more than 10 percentage points at the General Election, will d
Voting begins in Green Party’s London Mayoral contest Voting has now opened in the race to decide who will represent the Green Party as their Mayoral and Assembly candidates for next May’s London elections.
With support for the Green Party in London having trebled in the recent general election, the race to represent the Party at the polls next spring is expected to be an extremely competitive and close-fought contest.
As ballot papers arrive with London Green Party members, six candidates will be competing for their votes for the Mayoral nomination – Caroline Russell, Sian Berry, Benali Hamdache, Jonathan Bartley, Rashid Nix, and Tom Chance (1). Fourteen candidates are also competing for the eleven places on the Party’s Assembly list (2).
Co-Coordinator of the London Green Party Caroline Allen said:
“This is a big month for the Green Party in London. Our members face an incredibly tough choice between an extremely strong field of candidates – it’s both an enviable and difficult position to be in! But we know that with
Hiroshima anniversary: Scrap £100bn Trident replacement says Green Party * Jones AM: “Nuclear weapons are indiscriminate, their impact incalculable and their cost insupportable”
* Lambert MEP: “Replacing the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system is costly and unnecessary”
The Green Party will mark the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday (06 August) with a renewed call to scrap the Trident nuclear defence system.
Events organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and supported by the Green Party will take place across the country with Green activists joining a ceremony in central London to ask why £100 billion will be spent on weapons that should never be used.
Baroness Jenny Jones AM is one of the speakers at the Tavistock Square ceremony and she’ll be using her speech to remind attendees that nuclear weapons are “impossible to use with any guarantee of safety”.
Jones will say:
“It is amazing that we haven’t learnt more from the nuclear bombing of Japan, that nuclear weapons are indiscrimi
Green Deputy Leader Shahrar Ali to open Annual Rathayatra Festival in Reading *Largest spiritual music festival in Thames Valley area with 5,000 years international cultural heritage
Green Party deputy leader Shahrar Ali is to open tomorrow’s [Saturday 8 August] Annual Rathayatra Festival in Reading.
He will give a short address then be presented with a garland and a copy of the Bhagavad Gita.
“I am honoured to be opening the Annual Rathayatra festival in Reading.
“When prejudice based on race or faith is on the rise across Europe, it is vital for us to build greater space for community cohesion and support those organisations who would do so. The ethos of the festival is forever inclusive, whatever one’s religious predilection or none.
“The idea that we may seek greater harmony within ourselves has the potential to get us to re-evaluate our over consumptive lifestyles and to redouble our efforts to tackle inequality which would leave the vulnerable without their basic needs met.”
Rob White, Green councillor in Reading said: