Caroline Lucas

The Path to Perpetual War

Pippa Bartolotti | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Politics
Pippa Bartolotti

The UK Parliament vote to bomb Iraq was depressing. Crude political words about 'homeland security', threats to our shores, threats to our people, have whipped many into a panic. The persuasion to bomb was clumsy. There are alternatives.

Why Aren't More People Going Green?

Joel Durston | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

The Scottish independence debate prompted numerous claims from the left of the Scots actually having a chance to decide their own future. This isn't a new complaint - many groups, Occupy and the People's Assembly among others, have been posing it, especially since the economic collapse.

Look At These Glorious Pictures Of People Celebrating Brighton Pride

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK

Thousands of people have stepped out in glorious fashion to celebrate one of the UK's biggest and brightest gay pride events as a day of festivities g...

These Pictures Show People Have Had Enough Of The War On Drugs

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Activists in more than 100 cities have taken to the streets to call for an end to the war on drugs. These powerful images show that across the worl...

Charlotte Meredith

Rejecting Cannabis Legalisation Is 'Unscientific And Unethical'

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

Britain's leading doctors have faced a fierce backlash from a drug policy expert after they this week voted down a motion that would push for the lega...

'The System Is Broken': Celebrities And MPs Call For Drug Law Reform On Day Of Global Action

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK

The war on drugs has failed - that's what more than 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts have written to the prime minister in an u...

Who, Me? Tony Blair Denies Iraq Crisis Responsibility

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Politics

The looming civil war and bloody insurgency in Iraq were caused by the West's failure to intervene in Syria, not the 2003 invasion to topple Saddam Hu...

More Fracking Set For Southern Tory Heartlands

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron is set to boost extra compensation offered to communities affected by controversial "fracking" to an average of £800,000 in a bid to by...

Opportunity Knocks - But Who Will Answer?

Grainne Gillis | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Grainne Gillis

A few years back, I was on tour in Germany. By sheer chance, someone I'd gone to college with was sitting in the audience in Munich. It was a big thrill to see so familiar a face so far from home and as it turned out, Colin had moved with his girlfriend to Dachau. This gave me the incentive I needed to do, something I'd been putting off: which was to visit a concentration camp.

Lucas Found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's only Green MP has vowed to continue her fight to end fracking after being found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public orde...

Supporters Gather For Green MP's Fracking Protest Court Case

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK

Green MP Caroline Lucas wanted to send a clear message to the Government that fracking "was not needed or wanted" when she was arrested during protest...

A Fresh Look at Our Drug Laws Is the First Step Towards a Sane, Evidence-Based Policy

Caroline Lucas | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Every day the media present us with examples of the miserable failure of the "war on drugs". Yet the government presses on with the prohibition approach, refusing to acknowledge the obvious reality that it's not working.

Power to the People?

Caroline Lucas | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Unquestionably, major transformation of the way the UK generates its heat and power is essential... But the long-awaited Community Energy Strategy, published this week by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, represents small steps towards that future at a time when we need giant leaps.

Animal Welfare: Why We Must All Work Together

Marc Lee Abraham | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Marc Lee Abraham

It's time ladies and gentlemen to all join ranks and fight puppy farming so that every single one of us is proudly part of positive change for animal welfare, and the world will be reminded once again of the nation of animal lovers we proudly once were before we preferred to exploit them by painful greed and unnecessary suffering.

Why COP19 Fell Woefully Short of the Urgent Action We Need

Caroline Lucas | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

History was made at the UN climate talks last week - not by the achievement of a breakthrough in negotiations, unfortunately, but by the unprecedented walk-out by 800 civil society groups and trade unions. Citing the appalling lack of ambition and commitment manifest at the 19th yearly session of the global climate change conference, NGOs blamed the lobbying from fossil fuel companies for impeding progress at the talks.

Greenest Government Ever? Now That's What I Call Crap

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

One dictionary defines "crap" as vulgar slang for "something of extremely poor quality". That's a fair description for this government's pledge to be "the greenest government ever" - and of its energy policy, or rather failure to match the urgent need to have an energy policy.

Caroline Lucas' Fracking Protest 'Inspired By Gandhi'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

Gandhi was the inspiration behind Caroline Lucas' 'non-violent' protest against fracking, the Green MP said today, as a court ruled she must face tria...

Greenest Government Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK

Britain's first ever Green Party MP has savaged David Cameron's claim to lead the "greenest government ever". Caroline Lucas told HuffPost UK the c...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Mili Vs Mandy

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on 26 September 2013... 1) MILI VS MANDY The backlash against Ed Miliband’s announcement in Brighton, that a ...

Caroline Lucas Charged Over Fracking Protest

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas will be prosecuted for her role in anti-fracking demonstrations, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed. She wil...

Arms Dealers Making a Killing at DSEI in London

Paul Mills | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Politics
Paul Mills

An arms dealer suited and booted in formal black tie walked side-by-side with an injured serviceman on crutches as they entered East London's Troxy Hall for a large charity dinner. It was a curious sight; I couldn't help but wonder whether the two exchanged small talk before being seated. "Shrapnel from a cluster bomb? Decent weapon that one!"...

MPs Undergo Work Capability Assessments

Alan Cairns | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Alan Cairns

Mental health charity Rethink challenged MPs to undergo mock Work Capability Assessments (WCA) on Wednesday, dubbed MP Capability Assessments (MPCA). The charity claims the real-life assessments, which determine whether or not someone continues to receive Employment and Support Allowance, are unfair to people with mental health problems.

The Lobbying Bill - We Have a Long Way to Go Yet...

Robert Barrington | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Barrington

The government's Lobbying Bill has come in for intensive criticism in recent weeks - and for good reason. We at Transparency International think it is an unusually poor piece of draft legislation, and ahead of the second reading last week prepared a briefing outlining how the Bill could be improved.

Sinister Lobbying Bill Would Gag Campaigning Voices

Caroline Lucas | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The 'Lobbying Bill', due its second reading today, would have horrifying implications for the way politics - and political campaigning - are practised in this country. Outrageously, it would suppress a range of legitimate voices, while doing very little to expose the murky world of lobbying.

Vital That Prime Minister Publishes Legal Advice on Syria

Caroline Lucas | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

It is vital that MPs' deliberations are informed by all relevant information, and based on sound legal grounding. I have therefore written to the Prime Minister, calling on him to publish the legal opinion that he will have sought on military action, and to place this before MPs in advance of the vote.