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Jonathan Bartley

Green Party co-leader

Jonathan joined the Green Party member in 2010, shortly after encountering then Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Bartley was waiting to attend a hospital appointment at the Evelina Children's Hospital with his son Samuel and challenged the future Prime Minister about the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges, arguing they’d increase the segregation of disabled children. David Cameron’s denial was later shown to be wrong by Channel 4 FactCheck.

In 2015 Jonathan was the General Election candidate for Streatham, increasing the Green vote locally fivefold. A dedicated local activist, he also played a pivotal role in getting the first green councillor elected in Streatham from a starting point of 4th place. As the Party’s Work and Pension’s Spokesperson, he has made numerous media appearances and took on Iain Duncan Smith to expose the suicides of benefit claimants.

A descendant of Irish farmers on one side and Quaker prison reformer Elizabeth Fry on the other, Jonathan has a passion for social justice and studied Social Policy at London School of Economics. He worked in Parliament on a cross-party basis from 1994-1998 and used that experience in his roles as vice chair of the electoral reform society and vice chair of Yes to Fairer Votes campaign during the 2011 referendum.

He has also served as chair of Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education and helped establish the Accord Coalition with British Humanist Association and teaching unions to reform faith schools. In 2000 Jonathan set up an online charity that has since raised over £1 million for work in the global South.

Married to Lucy and a proud Dad of three children, Jonathan spends whatever free time he has gigging with his band, the Mustangs, and was nominated for Blues Drummer of the Year Award in 2010.

We Need Political Leadership To Avoid Further Hikes In Energy Prices

Centrica's announcement has reminded us just how clear, common sense, long-term thinking is required if we are to benefit from the renewables revolution and not be left behind. It's time for the other parties to nail their colours to the mast and commit to delivering a secure, stable, and clean future with energy prices that we can all afford - permanently.
02/08/2017 16:31 BST

Immigration Detention Is Inhumane, Costly And Unnecessary - We Are Committed To Ending It

There is so much more we can do for refugees. Reinstate the Dubs amendment to help child refugees reach safety. Widen reunification plans so families dispersed by war can find each other again. But once asylum seekers reach the UK we must not assume their journey is over. No one deserves to flee their homes and complete a dangerous, harrowing journey, only to be indefinitely locked up or abandoned by the country they thought would help them.
12/07/2017 17:15 BST

This Is A Shambles Of A Government Propped Up By A DUP Far-Right Coup

On Thursday - thanks to our topsy turvy voting system - they managed to get ten seats from just 300,000 votes, while we got just one seat from over half a million crosses in a Green box. It's yet another reason why we need fair votes now. And more pressingly: this has now enabled another period of Tory rule, with an even more extreme wing calling the shots.
10/06/2017 09:54 BST

Tory Policies Are Fuelling The Mental Health Crisis - The Green Party Has A Different Vision

Today - as part of Mental Health Awareness week - we're proud to announce policies for a new vision for mental health in the UK. The Green Party has a vision for society which gets at the root causes of Britain's mental health crisis, because this isn't a problem which rests solely with the individuals affected by poor mental health. This mental health endemic is a social problem, and the Tories are to blame.
10/05/2017 12:25 BST

Students Need A Life Raft In The Brexit Storm - The Green Party Will Build It

Students need a life raft in the Brexit storm. They are being ignored in the negotiations, despite having the most to lose. Building a better future for young people is an absolute priority for the Green Party and today we committed to policies that will help us work towards an open, fairer society where everyone has the chance to succeed. The Green Party is the only party standing up for students and putting young people at the heart of its campaign.
27/04/2017 09:02 BST

A Seven-Year-Old Is Dead - Why Did The Inquest Produce More Questions Than Answers?

It is heartbreaking for a parent to lose a child. It is also heartbreaking when the cause of a child's death remains covered up, when parents who have already suffered so much are trod on by a system designed to protect institutions, not people, and when the evidence points everywhere except towards the verdict the coroner actually reached.
29/03/2017 16:31 BST

Disabled People Are Not Guilty Until Proven Innocent

The mark of a civilised and fair society is that it recognises collective responsibility. That there are basic rights to which everyone is entitled. And that means we should create support networks for those who are unable to work because of sickness or disability, and help for everyone who wants to work.
06/02/2017 00:45 GMT

The School Gates Should Not Be A Border Checkpoint

Classrooms should be safe havens. They are places of learning, discovery and newfound knowledge. The good ones embody other values too - inclusion, equality between students and the right to access education free of discrimination. But quietly at the end of last year the Department for Education moved to change all that. Without consultation, let alone a debate in the House of Commons, it demanded schools record the nationality and birthplace of every child.
23/01/2017 17:40 GMT

Millions Of Britons Benefit From Freedom Of Movement - It Must Be Protected

Millions of us benefit from free movement. Now is the time to extend these benefits and share them more equally - not shut them down altogether - and that is why today the Green Party launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister to protect freedom of movement. We know we are not alone in believing that we live in a welcoming, caring country but we must make that voice heard if we are to protect it for future generations.
17/01/2017 16:04 GMT

Richmond Park Was A Vote For Hope - And Against The Tories And Ukip Regressive Alliance

Our country needs to heal. And this was a vote for hope. Hope that we can be so much better than a country which looks inwards, turns its back on those who need help the most, and elects politicians who pursue policies of divide and rule. We can, and we must, put our differences aside and work together for the good of our country because when we do, that is when we will see real change. The result in Richmond Park has shown both that a new politics is possible - and that we can make it happen.
02/12/2016 16:38 GMT

Raising My Disabled Son Changed My Idea Of Being A Father - And What It Means To Love

<img alt="bmm banner.jpg" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4815860/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> Being the father of a child with a disability has profoundly challenged me. But it has also profoundly changed me. It has even led to being the first leader of a political party in the UK to job share, with our MP Caroline Lucas, so I can continue to support, love, and learn from, my son. It has changed my idea of being a father. But also what is means to love. How we define success. My values. My outlook. And with my hand on my heart, I am convinced I am the richer for it.
28/11/2016 07:56 GMT

Trump's Election Creates A Gaping Uncertainty Over How We Now Take On Climate Change

The facts are irrefutable: a dangerous racist who is openly misogynistic is now president of the most powerful country in the world. What is more, Trump has repeatedly denied climate change and his election creates a gaping uncertainty over how we now take on the greatest single threat we all face. But instead of giving way to fear, now is the time to organise.
11/11/2016 16:35 GMT

The Referendum Has Opened a Pandora's Box of Race Hate

But if we are really to defeat it, we must also join together as progressives to stand up to the dangerous narrative that preceded it. If we do not, future generations will look back and judge harshly for a lack of leadership at this most pivotal of moments.
30/06/2016 13:08 BST

We Can't Afford to Lose Each Other

Change the system, and we change people's lives. That was the sentiment behind many people's vote to 'Leave'. As uncomfortable as it may be, we should work with it, not dismiss it.
27/06/2016 15:44 BST

Why We're Running to Be Co-Leaders of the Green Party

For us the power of working together is about job sharing, harnessing the power of collective action at the grassroots of our party and starting a democratic revolution. Time is up for the two-party system - we want to seize this moment to create a new kind of politics that can in turn reclaim and reshape Britain - addressing both the cost of living crisis and the quality of life crisis too.
08/06/2016 10:09 BST

Next Year, Every London Borough Matters for the Greens

We owe it to our friends and families. We owe it to the city we call home and we owe it to ourselves. We must seize this once in a generation moment and take the fight to Labour and the Tories in every London Borough in 2016.
29/07/2015 12:10 BST

Next Year's London Elections Are Make or Break for the Green Party

London is a world-class city but too often we don't get the world-class services or the world-class jobs Londoners deserve. My offer to Londoners is this: I will deliver good jobs for young people, affordable homes for every family, opportunities for new Londoners, stronger local economies and a transport network we can all be proud of.
07/07/2015 21:40 BST