UK Green Party

Our NHS Is Under Threat From the Tories, Not the EU

Caroline Lucas | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

This morning David Owen gave a speech in which he claimed that Britain needs to leave the EU to protect the our Health Service. I have great respect for his work on the NHS but I disagree with Owen about leaving the EU - which will not remove the real threat to our health service.

Panama Papers Reveal the Rotten Heart of the British Financial System

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Our current system means we all get the politics that these users of tax havens pay for. It's now up to David Cameron to break with that unholy alliance - to announce an end to the secrecy regimes in all British-controlled territory, to use the summit he is hosting next month to demand matching action from other nations, and to say that the Tory Party will no longer accept money from donors who use tax havens in their business or personal affairs.

Tory Ministers Have Failed Our Steel Industry - It's Time for a Low-Carbon Industrial Strategy With Steel at Its Heart

Caroline Lucas | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Time is now of the essence. And the Prime Minister's reluctance to contemplate public ownership shows yet again a government putting misguided ideology above practical support for an industry - and communities - in need.

The Immigration Bill Shows How Parliament Needs to Up Its Scrutiny Game

Caroline Lucas | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

This is no way to make legislation. Ministers should be open and honest with MPs and peers about their intentions, so that they can be properly challenged. I will continue to do all I can to make that happen.

We Need to Get Together to Deliver Electoral Reform

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The arguments for a political system that's genuinely democratic, that produces a government reflecting the will of the people that encourages a more constructive, effective politics are overwhelmingly strong. Britain needs to do this. It needs to do it soon. That requires parties, campaigners - the people - to get together and demand the change. Today's one step in that process.

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

Caroline Lucas | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

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 inconsistent weather and chilly water - like to be beside the sea. It's easy to forget that bathing in British waters was a hazardous activity not so long ago and that it was action from the EU which cleaned up the coastline.

Why a London Renters Union Stands In a Proud Tradition

Sian Berry | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

I believe the people who know first-hand the extent of the problem - the private renters themselves - are the best people to start doing it, and that's why I want to help them to help themselves. Joining forces always makes people stronger, and renters need no longer be the soft touch their landlords take them for.

Remember the People, Not Just the Stats, at the Jungle

Baroness Jones | Posted 20.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

When we in the Green Party talk about climate change, it is possible to be drawn into a debate about temperatures and statistics, when what we are really talking about is people - and the plants and other animals with which we share the planet.

The Government Must Take the Direction Provided By the Paris Climate Talks

Natalie Bennett | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The situation in Lancaster, and the even worse flooding further north in Cumbria, means climate change is in general conversation not just because the flooding occurred during the global Paris talks.

'Have We Learned Nothing?' - Why I Am Against UK Military Action In Syria

Shahrar Ali | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Politics
Shahrar Ali

On 26 November 2015, in his address to the Commons, Cameron said he would not seek a vote on military action in Syria unless he thought he could win. ...

As Young People, We Must Fight for the Europe of the Future

Hannah Clare | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Clare

What's vital now is that young people use our voice to fight for Britain's place in Europe. We know how vast the benefits of membership are; how powerful a union the EU really is. There's a danger, though, that in the coming months this will get lost among arguments about business and finance, and scaremongering over migration.

Renewables Opportunity Missed as Government Phases Out Coal Use

Natalie Bennett | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Today the government made a correct decision on energy policy. That's such an unusual occurrence that it does deserve to be noted, after a disastrous...

This Generation Will Be Poorer Than Our Parents Unless We Change Our Economy Now

Lewis Campbell | Posted 15.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lewis Campbell

We must use the funds available now from the consumption of non-renewable capital to invest in tomorrow's technology, renewable resources and mechanisms which support organisations which serve a social purpose rather than relying on short term profit maximisation. We need an economy that works for the people, not the other way around.

Caroline Lucas Urges Direct Action To Fight 'Blatant Sexism' Of Marriage Certificates

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK

Caroline Lucas has called on people to correct the "blatant sexism" of marriage certificates through direct action. The Green Party MP, fed up with...

Politics as 'Business as Usual' Is No More: Whatever Lies in Store We Are Entering Uncharted Territory

Christian Garland | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

Jeremy Corbyn's landslide 59.5% victory in winning the Labour leadership election in which his mandate was bigger than that of even Tony Blair's, has left the media and political establishment open-mouthed - both its right-wing Tory cheerleaders, and more 'serious' 'weightier' news media.

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.

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.

Europe Is Facing a Clear and Undeniable Refugee Crisis

Natalie Bennett | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

On the humanitarian side, there's inspiring, exciting leadership, not mostly from governments or even charitable bodies, but individuals, people getting together and saying that they're not going to tolerate desperation, suffering and want, but are going to take individual action to provide refuge... Sadly, if predictably, the British government falls into the other pole of reaction to the crisis, with those who'd deny the reality of the need for refuge, who pull up the drawbridge of a peaceful, prosperous country and turn their back on desperation, fear and need, leaving the children to drown.

A Thriving, Diverse City Needs to Value Its Arts

Sian Berry | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

A thriving, diverse city needs a thriving, diverse arts scene - otherwise it isn't a city worth living in. For that reason, I would be proud to set myself apart from other candidates for Mayor and make the arts a key part of the 2016 London election campaign.

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.

Politics Continues to Radically Realign the Continental Shift Leaving Post-Political Hacks Dazed and Confused - In Fact, Dumbstruck

Christian Garland | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

British politics is shifting and realigning, the shift being part of something far bigger than just UK politics, and such a continental shift leaves p...

Calais Is a Humanitarian Crisis

Amelia Womack | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

The public is being fed a constant diet of hyperbole about hordes of dangerous criminals roaming the Channel Tunnel, assaulting British citizens and storming Britain's borders. A mood of anxiety and hostility risks creeping over the public, with growing demands for the UK to close its borders and weed out 'illegal' immigrants from British life. But behind this rhetoric is a very different reality, and it's that reality that we will be confronting today as we visit the 'jungle' camp in Calais.

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.

A Healthy Society Needs Strong Trade Unions

Natalie Bennett | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The government last week set out its proposals to further reduce the rights of our trade unions, already labouring under the most restrictive laws in Europe, to cut away at rights that the Tolpuddle martyrs, who were being commemorated over the weekend, fought so hard for in the 19th Century. These plans are dreadful, and must be fought tooth and nail, which the Green Party will be doing.

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.