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 ...
Air Pollution: It is disgraceful that our government have refused to act, says The Green Party THE Green Party welcomes the European Commission’s decision to launch legal proceedings against the UK (1) for its failure to cut excessive levels of nitrogen dioxide, a toxic gas. The UK is the first European country to face such action (2).
Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett said:
“Air pollution causes 29,000 early deaths a year in the UK and it’s a disgrace that the Coalition government have largely neglected this worsening problem. There has been far too little action from authorities despite 15 years of warnings and several extensions and postponements granted to the government (3).
“This is another example of this government's inaction on life-and-death green issues and another nail in the coffin of the Coalition’s frankly laughable claim to be the ‘greenest government ever’. If we want real change we need to vote for real change.”
“Action to reduce air pollution - such as reducing traffic levels is essential if we are to have cleaner air. Only such move
The Green Party condemns Kiev bloodshed FOLLOWING the violent storming of the ‘Maidan’ protest camp by police in Kiev, Ukraine, last night, Shahrar Ali, Green Party spokesperson on International Affairs, said:
"The peace-loving, rights-bearing people of Europe learn today, with increasing horror and trepidation, of the tens of protestors killed and countless injured by security forces in Kiev last night. There can be no justification for the perpetration of violence in the hands of the state."
Dr Ali said, "Ukraine President Yanukovych has declared a day of mourning, yet in the same breath blames the democratic reformers for the bloodshed. It is the protestors who were on the receiving end of state water cannon and plastic bullets, on the bloodiest day in the country's post-Soviet history."
The Green Party advocate that open dialogue between protesters and state must be achieved so that the conflict can be resolved as peacefully as possible.
Dr Ali added, "EU citizens must rise to this challenge, with renewed imagi
Greens Win Suspension of Trade Talks over Spying Scandal
Euro-MPs have backed Green demands for the immediate suspension of talks leading to a proposed new trade deal between the EU and the US after an investigation found 'overwhelming evidence' of a programme of mass surveillance of EU citizens by US security forces. Members of the Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Programme (TTIP) should not be pursued – at least until the US agrees to change its law and halt all 'data mining' from phone and Internet use in the EU. The investigation was set up by the Committee after whistleblower Edward Snowden lifted the lid on the US PRISM project, a mass electronic data surveillance program set up to monitor and record EU citizens' telephone and Internet usage. The Committee condemned PRISM, which it said, 'may entail a breach of EU ctizens' fundamental rights'. It calls for an end to all mass surveillance, observing that privacy is not a luxury, but a fundamental right in a free and democratic s
ATOS National Protest - support the action
Tomorrow (Wednesday 19th February) will see protests outside ATOS offices across Britain, opposing the company which is passing public money on to their shareholders in exchange for denying disabled people their disability related benefits.
Thousands of people have died within weeks of having their benefits stopped, many have taken their own lives and many more live in dread of the assessment notice falling on to their door mat. The assessments are little more than a box ticking exercise designed to find people fit for work rather than to assess their genuine ability to work.
Matt Hawkins, Lewisham Green Party candidate for Brockley ward, said,
'ATOS is the embodiment of this government’s heartless approach to welfare. The situation is now so bad that we have become increasingly numb to the horror stories of severely disabled people being declared “fit for work” by this cruel organisation. ATOS isn’t fit for work. It isn’t fit for society.
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