UK Green Party

Vanity Projects Like HS2 And Trident Prove The Tories Are Not The Party Of Sound Spending

Caroline Lucas | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Britain has a chance to build an economy that not only meets the challenges of the 21st century head-on but creates a better country in the process. We can do without overpriced fighter jets, nuclear weapons and HS2 - let's not miss this opportunity.

Immigration Detention Is Inhumane, Costly And Unnecessary - We Are Committed To Ending It

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 12.07.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

There is so much more we can do for refugees. Reinstate the Dubs amendment to help child refugees reach safety. Widen reunification plans so families dispersed by war can find each other again. But once asylum seekers reach the UK we must not assume their journey is over. No one deserves to flee their homes and complete a dangerous, harrowing journey, only to be indefinitely locked up or abandoned by the country they thought would help them.

Britain Has A Chance To Lead The Way On Ridding The World Of Nuclear Weapons

Caroline Lucas | Posted 06.07.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Imagine what it would mean for Britain's standing in the world if we became the first nuclear weapons state to sign this treaty, and commit to ridding this country of these monstrous weapons of mass destruction. To stop Trident replacement and plough the resources elsewhere is an act of political bravery because it means breaking from this country's imperial past and our history of imposing ourselves on others using our weaponry as a bargaining chip. But Britain is a modern country, without the need to be bound by our history, and we have a real chance to be leading the world at this most pivotal moment.

The Green Case Against Further Efforts To Bring About A 'Progressive Alliance'

Rupert Read | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics
Rupert Read

For all these reasons, Greens should not be suckered into trying to form a 'progressive alliance' with Labour again. Greens should build up their/our vote again, win more seats - and then perhaps be part of a future confidence and supply arrangement that would force another Party such as Labour to do the decent thing at last...

In A Time Of Two-Party Politics, Are The Greens Still Relevant?

Aimee Challenor | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Politics
Aimee Challenor

The Greens are still relevant and are a worthy progressive force in British politics, we're holding people and parties to account whether it's by calling out the government for bringing the NHS to its knees or fighting an extreme Brexit., we're supporting our allies in other parties when we agree, and we'll always stand up for what matters and fight for an inclusive, tolerant society with a positive vision for a sustainable future.

This Is A Shambles Of A Government Propped Up By A DUP Far-Right Coup

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

On Thursday - thanks to our topsy turvy voting system - they managed to get ten seats from just 300,000 votes, while we got just one seat from over half a million crosses in a Green box. It's yet another reason why we need fair votes now. And more pressingly: this has now enabled another period of Tory rule, with an even more extreme wing calling the shots.

If You Want The Tories Out, Voting Labour Is Not Always Your Best Alternative

Ian Middleton | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Middleton

If you're not going to see real change this time around. If your vote is only going to be lost in a sea of others who voted forlornly for the a close second, or the next best thing, use it to support those who will affect real change in the longer term by holding toes to the fire in the meantime.

Five More Tory Years Could Crush The NHS - The Greens Will Push For A Health Service Fit For The Future

Caroline Lucas | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Our NHS is truly in a crisis. Despite the best efforts of our amazing healthcare professionals, patients are now bearing the brunt of hospital closures, longer waiting times and bed shortages. The marketisation of healthcare by successive Governments has left us with a fragmented NHS, and consistent underfunding from the Tories has left services under immense pressure.

Three Reasons To Vote Green

Cleo Lake | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Cleo Lake

Cleo Lake is a Green Party campaigner and councillor in Bristol. As part of HuffPost UK's series asking campaigners from the 'other' parties why you should vote for them, Cleo gives three reasons why you should lend your vote to the Greens on 8 June.

Labour And The Greens Can Work Together - Just Look At What We've Done In New Zealand

Metiria Turei | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK Politics
Metiria Turei

Like the UK, New Zealand is heading to the polls this year. We - the Greens and Labour - are trying to unseat a centre-right party that's been in government for a long time (too long), headed by a leader who's been appointed Prime Minister by his caucus, rather than the people: does that sound familiar?

Tory Policies Are Fuelling The Mental Health Crisis - The Green Party Has A Different Vision

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Today - as part of Mental Health Awareness week - we're proud to announce policies for a new vision for mental health in the UK. The Green Party has a vision for society which gets at the root causes of Britain's mental health crisis, because this isn't a problem which rests solely with the individuals affected by poor mental health. This mental health endemic is a social problem, and the Tories are to blame.

Why The Progressive Alliance Is A Non-Starter For Liberal Democrats

Chris Whiting | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Whiting

Simply put, the Liberal Democrats do not exist to act as an external pressure group for the Labour Party. Whilst they may be marginally preferred to the traditional enemy in the Conservatives, there are plenty within the Lib Dems, myself included, who find both equally unpalatable.

Students Need A Life Raft In The Brexit Storm - The Green Party Will Build It

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Students need a life raft in the Brexit storm. They are being ignored in the negotiations, despite having the most to lose. Building a better future for young people is an absolute priority for the Green Party and today we committed to policies that will help us work towards an open, fairer society where everyone has the chance to succeed. The Green Party is the only party standing up for students and putting young people at the heart of its campaign.

A Seven-Year-Old Is Dead - Why Did The Inquest Produce More Questions Than Answers?

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

It is heartbreaking for a parent to lose a child. It is also heartbreaking when the cause of a child's death remains covered up, when parents who have already suffered so much are trod on by a system designed to protect institutions, not people, and when the evidence points everywhere except towards the verdict the coroner actually reached.

Mandatory Sex And Relationships Education Is A Victory For Campaigners And Young Women Everywhere

Caroline Lucas | Posted 31.03.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

all women everywhere This victory shows that persistent, heartfelt campaigning from people who really care can make a difference to people's lives. In these difficult times - where populism dominates our politics - there are shards of light piercing the darkness.

Disabled People Are Not Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 05.02.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

The mark of a civilised and fair society is that it recognises collective responsibility. That there are basic rights to which everyone is entitled. And that means we should create support networks for those who are unable to work because of sickness or disability, and help for everyone who wants to work.

Theresa May's Disgraceful Cowardice Has Let Britain Down - Join Us In Standing Up To Trump's Tyranny

Caroline Lucas | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Let's be clear about what is happening right now, and Britain's role in it. A US President is banning people coming to his country because of their religion. Those fleeing persecution and violence - often because of conflicts the West has been involved in - are being denied a safe haven. The world's greatest power is gripped by the politics of fear and division - and risks sliding into an even darker place. There is only one way to respond to Trump's hate: condemnation. But what have we seen from the Government? Theresa May avoided the question altogether.

The School Gates Should Not Be A Border Checkpoint

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Classrooms should be safe havens. They are places of learning, discovery and newfound knowledge. The good ones embody other values too - inclusion, equality between students and the right to access education free of discrimination. But quietly at the end of last year the Department for Education moved to change all that. Without consultation, let alone a debate in the House of Commons, it demanded schools record the nationality and birthplace of every child.

Millions Of Britons Benefit From Freedom Of Movement - It Must Be Protected

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Millions of us benefit from free movement. Now is the time to extend these benefits and share them more equally - not shut them down altogether - and that is why today the Green Party launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister to protect freedom of movement. We know we are not alone in believing that we live in a welcoming, caring country but we must make that voice heard if we are to protect it for future generations.

The Future Of The Green Investment Bank Is In Peril

Caroline Lucas | Posted 10.01.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

With 2016 the hottest year on record, a climate-sceptic in the White House, and our (far from perfect) national climate targets in real danger, now is not the time to break up one of the UK most significant investors in clean, renewable energy.

Prisoners Riot And Protest For The Same Reason Anyone Else Does: Because They Are Not Being Heard

Charley Pattison | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Politics
Charley Pattison

Prisoners riot and protest for the same reason anyone else does: because they are not being heard. In the past two months riots have swept through five prisons, inmates have sawed their way out of their cells to escape and one prisoner has been stabbed to death.

Richmond Park Was A Vote For Hope - And Against The Tories And Ukip Regressive Alliance

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Our country needs to heal. And this was a vote for hope. Hope that we can be so much better than a country which looks inwards, turns its back on those who need help the most, and elects politicians who pursue policies of divide and rule. We can, and we must, put our differences aside and work together for the good of our country because when we do, that is when we will see real change. The result in Richmond Park has shown both that a new politics is possible - and that we can make it happen.

Raising My Disabled Son Changed My Idea Of Being A Father - And What It Means To Love

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

bmm banner.jpg Being the father of a child with a disability has profoundly challenged me. But it has also profoundly changed me. It has even led to being the first leader of a political party in the UK to job share, with our MP Caroline Lucas, so I can continue to support, love, and learn from, my son. It has changed my idea of being a father. But also what is means to love. How we define success. My values. My outlook. And with my hand on my heart, I am convinced I am the richer for it.

Flooding Is Climate Change In Action - We Need To Work With Nature To Mitigate Its Impacts

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

The choices and investment decisions we make now will determine whether or not a liveable planet is safeguarded for future generations. Tackling climate change and mitigating floods is a chance to show that we can work with nature, harnessing its energies for the good of the planet and its people, rather than hoping we can solve our environmental problems by kicking against it.

Trump's Election Creates A Gaping Uncertainty Over How We Now Take On Climate Change

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

The facts are irrefutable: a dangerous racist who is openly misogynistic is now president of the most powerful country in the world. What is more, Trump has repeatedly denied climate change and his election creates a gaping uncertainty over how we now take on the greatest single threat we all face. But instead of giving way to fear, now is the time to organise.