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Green Party MP for Brighton

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Leaving the EU Risks Dirty Beaches in Britain, Endangering Our Wildlife and Scuppering the Fight Against Climate Change

(19) Comments | Posted 3 February 2016 | (00:00)

Every summer, at the first hint of blue skies and sunshine, the beach in my constituency in Brighton fills up with people who have travelled from far and wide to enjoy the beautiful seaside. The scenes on those days are replicated across the country. We are people who, despite the...

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Why I Joined Junior Doctors on the Picket Line This Morning

(33) Comments | Posted 12 January 2016 | (15:46)

This morning I joined Junior Doctors on their picket line outside of St Thomas' Hospital - just across the river from the Houses of Parliament. Like thousands of their colleagues across the country these men and women had taken the difficult decision to go on strike for the first time...

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Air Strikes Would Only Harm Our Chances of a Diplomatic Solution in Syria

(25) Comments | Posted 30 November 2015 | (16:22)

Last week I listened carefully to the Prime Minister make his case for why the UK should join the bombing campaign against Isis. The debate in the House of Commons was thorough, and the horror and revulsion at recent atrocities in Syria, Paris, Beirut and elsewhere is shared by MPs...

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The Tories Are Retoxifying

(24) Comments | Posted 25 November 2015 | (21:42)

The retoxification of the Conservative Party is in full swing. Years away from a general election, and with an official opposition divided, ministers are dropping any pretence of compassionate conservatism. The heady days of huskies in the Arctic and hugging hoodies are long gone.

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Britain Needs a Truth Committee on Debt

(15) Comments | Posted 7 October 2015 | (01:00)

Over the last few days I've been in Greece as part of a delegation with the Greece Solidarity Campaign. The scale of the challenge facing the Greek people, though already at the forefront of my mind, has been amplified by the many people I've met who describe to me a...

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An Effective Counter Terrorism Strategy Must Uphold the Sanctity of the Law

(1) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (16:16)

Today, in conjunction with the Green peer Jenny Jones and international human rights group Reprieve, I launched a legal challenge to force the UK Government to come clean over its 'targeted killing' of people in countries where Britain is not at war. It's a response to what the Prime Minister...

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To Protect Workers' Rights We Must Campaign to Stay in the EU

(16) Comments | Posted 17 September 2015 | (01:00)

This week we witnessed a jubilant Conservative party bring the Trade Union Bill to Parliament for its second reading. This pernicious piece of legislation - with its new turnout rules, and requirement on picketers to wear 'armbands' - aims to further undermine the rights we have to take industrial action....

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An Ethical and Effective Global Drugs Policy Is at Last on the Horizon

(2) Comments | Posted 19 August 2015 | (13:51)

After 50 years of a failed war against drugs we finally have an opportunity to introduce a rational approach to one of the world's most intractable problems - the illegal drugs trade which is financing terrorism and international crime.

The United Nations will have a Special Session on global drug...

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The First 100 Days of Conservative Rule Have Been Grim for Anyone Who Cares About Securing a Safe Climate for Our Children and Grandchildren

(20) Comments | Posted 7 August 2015 | (01:00)

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To mark 100 days of the first Conservative government in nearly 20 years, HuffPost UK is running 100 Days of Dave, a special series of blog posts from grassroots campaigners to government ministers, single parents to first-year students, reflecting on what's worked...

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Dark Days for Democracy in Greece

(62) Comments | Posted 13 July 2015 | (15:02)

These are dark days for anyone who believes in democracy. Against the will of the Greek people, and in spite of the plain economic facts, EU ministers and the IMF are inflicting ever more pain on a country that's already been utterly devastated by austerity.

The latest announcements from Eurozone...

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Heathrow Might Have Been His Answer, but Davies Was Asking the Wrong Question

(18) Comments | Posted 1 July 2015 | (10:14)

After years of work, and under the pressure of intense lobbying by the aviation industry, Sir Howard Davies has finally published his report on airport expansion today. His proposal: Europe's biggest noise polluter, Heathrow Airport, should expand.

The decision has been framed simply: Gatwick or Heathrow? More...

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To Stop This Government's Worst Instincts, Progressives Must Work Together

(30) Comments | Posted 28 May 2015 | (01:00)

It's hard to pick out the most alarming part of Wednesday's Queen's speech. From the glaring omission of substantial concrete action on climate change, to proposals to further dismantle our welfare state, it's increasingly urgent that progressives come together - both to challenge the Government's destructive and divisive programme, and...

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The Treasury Must End Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels and Get Behind Clean Energy

(38) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (00:00)

George Osborne once said he had big plans for his term as Chancellor.

Big green plans.

Before the last General Election, he crowed that, under a Conservative government, no longer would the Treasury be "the cuckoo in the nest when it comes to climate change".

His party leader went...

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A Step Forward on Sex and Relationship Education Is Long Overdue

(26) Comments | Posted 26 February 2015 | (09:03)

Take a look at PMQs: just daring to be a woman can draw an audible mutter. Dare to be a woman and mention sex and you've really done it - the red-faced buffoonery lets rip in earnest.

In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in...

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The Government Is Moving Mountains for Shale, In Defiance of the Science and of Public Feeling

(43) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (14:37)

Today, the SNP will join MPs from across the benches to call for a freeze on fracking.

The move backs a report, published today, from the Environmental Audit Committee (the EAC, of which I'm a member) to coincide with the final Commons stages of the...

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There Is a Popular, Practical and Uncostly Way to Fix Our Railways... So What's the Delay?

(74) Comments | Posted 9 January 2015 | (00:00)

It's become a sort of perverse holiday tradition, the festive rail fare hike coinciding with most folk's first day back at work.

This year the Government capped regulated fares at 2.5%. 'Tis election season after all, and prices have already soared by more than 20% under the Coalition....

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We Need a More Courageous, Robust Response If We're to Save Our NHS

(20) Comments | Posted 21 November 2014 | (00:00)

Figures released this week show private health firms are on course to win more than £9billion of NHS contracts.

This Friday, I'll vote for a Bill which seeks to challenge the stranglehold of privatisation on our NHS.

That Bill - the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill, from...

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IPCC Report: A Tipping Point for Political Action

(11) Comments | Posted 6 November 2014 | (00:00)

The new climate science report from the UN offers cause for hope. It confirms we still have the chance to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and to secure major social, economic and environmental benefits by slashing our carbon emissions and making the transition to a zero...

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A Vote Against Real Recall Is a Vote Against Democracy

(19) Comments | Posted 4 November 2014 | (00:00)

When it comes to topping the 'least popular' lists, MPs have form.

Typically, we're pipped to the post only by bankers and traffic wardens.

And whilst not all MPs are the same, who could blame voters for having such monumental misgivings?

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Our Prohibitionist Drugs Policy Isn't Working

(12) Comments | Posted 30 October 2014 | (00:00)

Our country's drugs policy isn't working. For years, we've tried the same prohibitionist approach - it is tired, well-worn, and it isn't taking us anywhere. Neither prohibition nor criminalisation has stopped people from taking drugs.

We need an alternative. Something which is radical and level-headed. Yes, drugs can be harmful...

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