Natalie Bennett

Former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

Natalie Bennett was leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2012-2016. She lives in Sheffield and continues to work fulltime on economic, social, environmental and political change.

National Political Contributions To The Climate Talks: Britain Falls Short

Acronyms become a natural part of your conversation after a couple of days at the COP climate talks. One that's heard in every second sentence is NDCs - Nationally Determined Contributions - the offers to cut emissions that countries made in Paris in 2015, and that need to be being stepped up soon.
10/11/2017 11:58 GMT

Theresa May Should Be Ashamed Of The Government's Anti-Obesity Strategy

The lack of action to ban supermarket promotions of junk food with buy one get one free deals and multipacks, as well as the failure to act on advertising junk aimed specifically at children during popular family television programmes and on the internet, are just two of the areas in which action had been expected, but wasn't delivered. Limiting fast food outlets near schools and colleges is a further area crying out for action.
19/08/2016 15:40 BST

Our Politics Is Like the Last Stage of a Desperate, Drunken Party: We Need to Sober Up Fast

We need to hand the power to the people. That clearly means, in the immediate future, a general election. And then it means profound electoral reform - a fair voting system that produces a government that reflects the will of the people. That means proportional representation. It means an elected House of Lords. It means a will to ensure a society in which no one is left hungry, no one homeless, no one stranded without hope of a decent life. It means a society that lives within the environmental limits of our one fragile planet.
01/07/2016 16:52 BST

We Need a General Election to Deliver a Mandate for the Future

Before negotiations start, we need to know what we're asking for. That has to mean a General Election - that's the only way we can reach a mandate on a way forward. We'd have a minimum period of months (the earliest practical date would be early November) to debate, discuss, inform voters, who'll then be able to weigh up the offers by various parties.
27/06/2016 17:43 BST

EU Referendum: Let's Remain Part of the People's Europe

When it comes to planning to rebalance the British economy away from our dangerous, unproductive reliance on the financial sector, the model of German banking, with regional and local banks that fund and support small and medium enterprises for the long haul has a lot to offer. Of course we can also work with knowledge and skills from other parts of the world outside the EU, but by being already partners, members of the same union, the impetus for cooperation is stronger, the frameworks clearer, the funding available for cross-EU work ready for applications.
22/06/2016 16:39 BST

Why I Went Off-script at the EU Referendum Rally Today

Britain deserves a factual, broadly focused, debate featuring a wide range of voices: the voices of scientists and green campaigners, small business people and historians, pensioner advocates and youth activists, MEPs who can talk about the work they do and bureaucrats and campaigners who've worked in Brussels who can explain how the EU actually works. That's not what we've had up until now. But it isn't too late.
06/06/2016 16:44 BST

Four Years as Green Party Leader: It's Been a Privilege and an Honour

I know some will find my decision not to re-stand for the leadership hard to understand, and I've been moved by the generous words of support from many party members and supporters urging me to continue, but I hope that my decision will help make it clear that the Green Party doesn't operate like other political parties, with a steep hierarchy up which many are seeking to scramble, while those at the top defend their positions. We're a team, we work together and support each other.
16/05/2016 08:19 BST

In Tomorrow's Council Elections, Greens Can Beat the System

Given the state of our economy, our society, our environment, we can no longer wait that long. We need to elect more Greens, put Greens in power, to deliver a new society that works for the common good, not just the 1% of the richest, within the environmental limits of our one fragile planet.
04/05/2016 15:09 BST

What Does the Future Hold for Cameron After Panama Papers Revelations?

This is a government in turmoil - its head has lost the public's confidence, its policy programme has no legitimacy, it doesn't have a stable majority. We need a new general election, but before we get to that we have to allow space for proper debate in other important elections and for the critical European decision to be made. Then we can have a proper debate about the future of Britain...
14/04/2016 17:22 BST

Panama Papers Reveal the Rotten Heart of the British Financial System

Our current system means we all get the politics that these users of tax havens pay for. It's now up to David Cameron to break with that unholy alliance - to announce an end to the secrecy regimes in all British-controlled territory, to use the summit he is hosting next month to demand matching action from other nations, and to say that the Tory Party will no longer accept money from donors who use tax havens in their business or personal affairs.
06/04/2016 10:17 BST

Budget 2016: This Is a Government Detached From the Reality of the Lives of Many Millions of Britons

The Tories have been exposed. They don't have a stable majority, they don't have the country's consent for their approach (having won the support of just 24% of eligible voters). We cannot allow George Osborne to stand up eight more times to deliver more benefits for the 1% of the richest at the cost of the rest of us, to ignore the reality of the finite environmental limits of our one fragile planet.
17/03/2016 09:01 GMT

The Safety and Cost Concerns of Trident Cannot Be Ignored

We've consistently maintained complete opposition to nuclear weapons over decades, in line with our principles and values. And we've got a government that - having won the vote of just 24% of eligible voters - doesn't have a mandate to make the massive, dangerous decision of replacing Trident. Please join the call to scrap Trident - on the streets of London, online, in your conversations with friends, classmates, colleagues and family.
25/02/2016 17:26 GMT