Caroline Lucas

Britain Needs a Truth Committee on Debt

Caroline Lucas | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The Greek response to the huge challenge of austerity has been courageous and heartening. Because information is power, resistance to austerity has also materialised in the shape of a 'Truth Committee on Public Debt' set up in response to mounting economic challenges in Greece. Greeks aren't alone in facing damaging cutbacks. In Britain austerity is biting - and the Autumn Statement is set to bring with it a new round of cuts that even Tory councils are opposing. In the face of a continued Government obsession with the rolling back of the state I believe it's time Britain had a Committee on Debt Truth of our own.

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The Government has refused to publish the legal basis for action, creating a legal and accountability vacuum. Without our legal challenge it's impossible to determine whether the decision to execute to British men- and what that signifies in terms of Government policy - meets the robust conditions set out in international and domestic law.

The Government's Failure to Clearly Spell Out the Kill Policy Is Unlawful and Threatens the Bedrock of British Democracy

Omran Belhadi | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Politics
Omran Belhadi

The 'targeted killing' policy is a seductive one - it promises accuracy and zero civilian casualties. Yet the US experience shows this to be false... With US military figures now warning their programme has been a failure, the PM's unilateral decision to adopt this model is truly bizarre.

Bombing Islamic State, But Refusing Europe's Refugees: The UK Prefers Weaponry to Refuge

Neil Durkin | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

If the UK's airstrikes on Syrian targets lead to civilian deaths, panic and further refugee flows, who will be expected to look after those new refugees? Not Britain, presumably.

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The EU is, as it stands, a real brake on further attacks on our rights. EU rules mean that we're not forced to work more than 48 hours per week, that we're entitled to four weeks paid holiday and that part time and agency workers are entitled to equal pay and conditions. Indeed at the heart of EU rules -written into the Charter of Fundamental Rights - is the right to strike.

Caroline Lucas: We Must Stay In The EU, Regardless Of What Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party Says

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Politics

Green MP Caroline Lucas is calling on trade unionists to back staying in the EU ahead of a crucial vote on whether workers should campaign to leave. ...

Hundreds Of Brits Are Pledging To Offer Their Homes To Syrians

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK

Hundreds of Britons are calling on the government to take in more refugees, with some even offering their homes as the numbers being taken in remains ...

Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet: Could Diane Abbott Be Shadow Home Secretary?

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.09.2015 | UK Politics

This piece was first published in August and has been updated after Corbyn's leadership win When the Labour leadership race began in June, Jeremy C...

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

Molly Meacher | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics
Molly Meacher

The United Nations will have a Special Session on global drug policy next April and will begin discussions next month in New York. Our Guidance on Interpreting the Drug Conventions, published today, sets out an entirely new vision for global drug policy. The first step is to abandon the hopeless objective of creating a drug free world.

Burnham: Review Ban On Blood Donation By Gay Men

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics

Andy Burnham has called for a review of the ban on sexually active gay men from donating blood to the NHS, declaring ‘sexuality shouldn’t be the i...

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

As we look back on the first 100 days of this Government, many politicians, businesses and campaigners are also looking forward - with just four months to go until world leaders meet in Paris to agree a deal on climate change... Yet the first 100 days of Conservative rule have been grim for anyone who cares about securing a safe climate for our children and grandchildren.

Gay Man Reveals 'Guilt And Shame' Of Being Banned From Giving Blood

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK

The government's "draconian" restrictions on gay men donating blood must be reviewed, according to a campaign backed by MPs, national charities and St...

Cameron Says His Government Is Greenest Ever, As He Scraps Another Energy Saving Scheme

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Politics

On the day David Cameron repeated his claim the the Tories have been the greenest government ever, the Government axed a scheme to make homes more ene...

Why Harriet's Welfare Betrayal Requires Drastic Action

Ben Moore | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Moore

It's 11:18 on the evening of Tuesday 20 July and I've just read that George Osborne's Welfare Bill has passed through the House of Commons in the face...

PSHE: The Missing Link

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.

Daily Telegraph Bows To Pressure From Green MP Over 'Highly Offensive' Headline

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK

Britain's sole Green MP has attacked The Daily Telegraph for publishing a "highly offensive" headline and picture on a blog post she wrote for the pap...

Make Classes That Could Protect Kids Against Sex Abuse Compulsory, Says MP

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK

The UK's only Green Party MP says children must be taught to fight the threat of sexual abuse from figures like Jimmy Savile through compulsory Person...

Dark Days for Democracy in Greece

Caroline Lucas | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

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 chiefs make for grim reading.

Budget 2015 Does Not Deliver a Caring Britain

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Today George Osborne squandered a huge opportunity. He could have learned the lessons that led to the economic crisis, started to build a fair and sustainable economy and given Britain the tools it needs to help in the fight against climate change. Instead his backwards priorities led him to sacrifice the poor and the planet in the name of a "long-term economic plan" that is failing to secure our future.

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The proposed new runway isn't just bad news for people living nearby - it's extremely damaging to our efforts to meet our climate change targets... What Davies hasn't set out in his 344 page report is that there are genuine alternatives to airport expansion.

Lancashire's Vote Against Fracking Proves We Can Win the Fight for Action on Climate Change

Natalie Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

This rejection is worth celebrating, but we must not stop campaigning until there is a complete ban on the practice in Britain. Only then can we turn a corner in terms of our energy mix, to focus it on renewables. What we know now is that the fight for climate action can be won.

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 20.06.2015 | 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