Caroline Lucas

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Britain is under attack. The Government is waging war on those who need support, taking out our hard won workplace rights and removing our right to privacy. But, in the face of such an assault, it's vital we fight back. Progressives both inside and outside of parliament must work together to defeat these latest proposals and, crucially, start our own radical democratic offensive. I have no doubt that MPs from across the political spectrum share my commitment to building a fairer greener future - it's time we put our differences aside and work together to that end.

Calls For Electoral Reform Have United Some Unusual Political Rivals

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Politics

Calls for a change in the electoral system are growing stronger following yesterday’s General Election results - and have united some rather unusual...

They Were Right Russell - You Are a Complete Phoney

Mark Flanagan | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Flanagan

I suspect, like many, I was suckered in by Blair and by how he let us all down. Of course I might be wrong but expect an emotional outpouring of grief from Brand in two or three years about how Miliband did the same to him. Russell... the changes you claim to want to see... 'it ain't gunna happen'.

Why Young People Should Think Twice Before Voting for the Green Party

Amelia-Rose Tighe | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia-Rose Tighe

It is clear that the Green Party have made unattainable promises to young people; abolishing tuition fees and better employment prospects are just the first few of a very long list. The policies right at the heart of their manifesto promise only one thing - inconceivable damage to the future of young people

Listen To John Humphrys Call Natalie Bennett 'Caroline Lucas' By Mistake

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics

Green party leader Natalie Bennett has laughed off being called by the wrong name in an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning. Ve...

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Climate change threatens everything we hold dear, even if you're an economist. The business case for boosting investment in renewables and energy efficiency is incredibly compelling. Yet still the Chancellor seems hell-bent on hitching our economy to the dirty energy infrastructure of the past. So here's what's topping my wish list on George's Big Day: let's put politics aside and have a cross party statement on the risk of climate change to the UK economy. What a sweet surprise that would be - and what true political leadership it would demonstrate.

Poll Reveals That LGBT Students Are Voting Green

Eve Hartley | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Hartley

For now the Green party are an obvious choice for students wanting change. Fears of climate change and the scrapping of tuition fees, social welfare policies, high representation of women and LGBT candidates are all reasons why.

Green Party Leader Backed By Party's MP

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics

Green MP Caroline Lucas has moved to support party leader Natalie Bennett, amid suggestions of a rift between the two women. Last week, Bennett was...

At Least The Greens Don't Seem Afraid Of Getting Into Bed With The SNP

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK

The Greens are hoping to build a so-called ‘progressive alliance' with the SNP, it will be announced today. At a spring conference in Liverpool ...

A Step Forward on Sex and Relationship Education Is Long Overdue

Caroline Lucas | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

In the past, voices calling for improved Sex Ed in schools have found themselves drowned out. But the debate is shifting because it's plain that a significant number of our kids are being let down. A step forward is long overdue. It's time to shake the sand from our ears, take a collective breath, and check our classroom compass. We must equip our kids them with the tools they need for life - keeping them ignorant puts them at risk. Our children deserve the very best education. And our teachers deserve the very best support in giving it to them.

Splitting the Left - Labour or Green

James Woolven | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Politics
James Woolven

Do I vote again for a party whose values do not correspond with my own, and remain hopeful that Labour will shift back to the left? Or do I move on, vote for a party whose policies I more closely believe in, and hope for a radical shift in the national allocation of seats?

The Green Index: Who's Voting Green?

Laurence Stellings | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Politics
Laurence Stellings

Demographically, Green Party support clearly skews younger - with those aged 18-24 much more likely to support the party than any other age group. Those aged 45+ are less likely than average to support the party...

Green Party's 'Hypocritical' £17,000 Job Advert (Correction)

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK

CORRECTION: The Green Party has clarified that the advertised post is for 35 hours a week, not the standard 37.5 hours. This means the advertised sala...

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The truth is, we still do not know enough about the potential health, societal and environmental impacts of fracking. The government's gone all-out to win hearts and minds on fracking - assuring robust regulation and economic benefits. The reality looks quite different.

Here Come the Greens...

Zahid Ayden | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Zahid Ayden

On Monday, the Green Party unveiled their new campaign poster in Westminster, boasting a rich, emerald green where the MP of Brighton Pavillion Caroline Lucas and party leader Natalie Bennett stand, both with beaming smiles and the tagline: What are you afraid of boys? - I like it...

Don't Hate Politics in 2015, Reclaim It

Bradley Allsop | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

When did we give up? When did we become so pessimistic as a society that we couldn't envision any good coming out of politics? And when did shallow aesthetic concerns trump nuanced political commentary?

'What Are You Afraid Of, Boys?'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

The Green Party has thrown down the gauntlet to the other party leaders over their seeming exclusion from the televised election debates asking them: ...

Under Attack From a Beige Establishment: Why the Green Party Are Now a Major Political Force

Karl Davis | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Politics
Karl Davis

The Green Party have a duty to continue to provide for the nation a fresh, fair and radical alternative to the 'business as usual' establishment, just as media chiefs from the BBC, ITV, SKY et al have a duty to promote and encourage a wide, engaging and relevant debate involving those extended the right to vote and elect.

New Infrastructure Bill Puts UK Climate Ambition at Risk

Kyla Mandel | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Kyla Mandel

The UK's climate change ambition will be in serious jeopardy once the Infrastructure Bill is passed into law. If that's not worrying enough, barely anyone seems to be taking notice.

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

We should bring franchises back into public hands as they fail or expire. To do so, we must first acknowledge our railways are a social, economic and environmental investment... Our fragmented system doesn't work. The separation of track and wheel is madness. A new rail system should be fully reunified - and half measures don't deliver.

The Last British Man In Guantánamo Is Now A Giant Inflatable

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK

Politicians and celebrities have posed with a giant inflatable to support the last British man in Guantánamo, accusing governments of leaving Shaker ...

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The NHS Reinstatement Bill does what it says on the tin. This is the Bill for a truly publicly-provided healthcare service. I hope the shadow secretary of state for health will follow its logic. Our principles for reform should not be shaped by who privatised the NHS but by how it was privatised and where the dangers still lie.

Imagining a World Without the Greens

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

It would appear the powers that be want you to imagine a future without the Greens. This is the future the BBC is prefiguring with its decision to exclude us from the election debates. By doing so, they create a self-fulfilling prophecy: Greens are not a serious electoral option and our contribution therefore means nothing.

The Greens Are the True Party of the Left

Dr James Hannam | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

If you believe in drastic reform, you have to vote for it. The disengagement espoused by Russell Brand won't change anything. The Greens scoring ten or fifteen percent in a general election, together with a scatter of seats in the university towns, would make the established parties take notice.

Badgers... Time for Evidence-Based Policy Rather Than Policy-Based Evidence

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

This week heralded an all too familiar event in the UK Parliament - a House of Commons debate on the badger cull. With the second year of culling having very recently completed, politicians and animal lovers alike are eagerly awaiting the news of just how many badgers were killed over the last six weeks in Gloucestershire and Somerset.