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 ...
EU court ruling on air pollution
On Wednesday 19th November, the Court of Justice of EU is due to rule on what remedial action it will take to compel the UK Government to meet nitrogen dioxide limits (1). This could include a £300 million fine (2). This follows the UK’s Supreme Court judgement last year confirming that the Government is in breach of the EU Air Quality Directive. London is not expected to meet nitrogen dioxide limits until after 2030, 20 years after the original deadline for compliance.
Jenny Jones AM has called for the Mayor to implement:
Emergency measures in the run up and during dangerous pollution episodes:
A smog forecast and alert system that informs the general public and particularly vulnerable people such as asthmatics, with more detailed messaging and resources at schools, hospital and emergency services. This could encourage behaviour change to reduce pollution (such as not driving) and to reduce harm (such as not doing vigorous exercise near main roads).
'Invite the Greens' petition handed in to the BBC THE hugely popular ‘Invite The Greens’ Change.org petition (1) was handed in to the BBC this morning by Young Green activist and student Robyn Meadwell, who started the petition, and Amelia Womack, Green Party Deputy Leader.
Over 260,000 people have signed the petition calling for the broadcasters to include the Green Party in the TV Leaders' Debates ahead of the 2015 General Election. The petition is one of the top ten most signed petitions of all-time on Change.org UK.
The huge popularity of the petition chimes with polling released by YouGov (2), which reveals that if the debates do go ahead as proposed, the debate that includes Ukip Leader Nigel Farage should also include Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett.
Meadwell and Womack were joined by Green activists and supporters of the petition from across the political spectrum. The ‘Green surge’ has seen the Green Party of England and Wales climb steadily in the polls in 2014 (3) and membership pass 25,000 f
'Act Or Go': Greens force Juncker into Parliamentary appearance to explain 'Lux Leaks' GREEN demands that EU Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, explain himself to the European Parliament over a huge tax avoidance scam by multinationals in Luxembourg have paid off. . Calling on Mr Junker to 'Act or Go', the Green Group managed to pressure him into an appearance before MEPs to hear their concerns and respond to the 'Lux Leaks' scandal.
Greens argue that the crisis facing Mr Juncker is an ideal opportunity for decisive action and a series of concrete steps on tackling tax avoidance; the Green Group have taken a lead in the Parliament on progressive measures on tax reform.
Green MEP for the South West, Molly Scott Cato, who sits on the Parliament's Economics Committee and leads on tax policy said:
“Corporate tax avoidance is depriving governments of the revenue they need to invest in the infrastructure of a civilised society. The revenue being lost would also avoid the need for the destructive politics of austerity. As well as action from Juncker we nee
‘Invite The Greens’ Change.org petition to be handed in to the BBC * Hugely popular petition has over 260,000 signatories (and counting)
* Petition hand-in at BBC planned for 10.30, on Thursday 13th November
Over 260,000 people have signed a Change.org petition (1) calling for the broadcasters to include the Green Party in the TV Leaders' Debates ahead of the 2015 General Election.
Robyn Meadwell, a 20-year-old Young Green activist who started the petition, will be joined by Green Party Deputy Leader Amelia Womack to hand in the petition to BBC Broadcasting House at 10.30 on Thursday 13th November.
The Green Party welcomes the BBC Trust’s recent decision to consult on its draft election guidelines. On Monday, Green Party parliamentarians Caroline Lucas MP and Baroness Jenny Jones, signed a cross-bench letter (2) to the BBC Trust which said “we believe that the (British Broadcasting) Corporation’s public service remit makes a clear case for wider representation (in the Leaders’ Debates) than is currently envisaged.”
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