UK Green Party

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.

The Government Should Be Doubling Down On Our Clean Energy Transition

Caroline Lucas | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

It is time the government got a grip. If it is not willing to admit defeat on airport expansion - yet - it is even more imperative that it doubles down on the UK's clean energy transition. Failure to do so would mean not even paying lip service to the already highly dubious claims that we can expand aviation while remaining within our national carbon budgets.

Where Now For Britain's Relationship With Europe?

Caroline Lucas | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

I accept that the British people made this choice on 23 June. But on the other hand, as an MP elected to stand up for what I believe in - for social, economic and environmental justice - I find the prospect of Brexit genuinely frightening. It is my belief that Britain would be better off if we stayed in the EU - and that my constituents face real risks of us leaving.

A Progressive Alliance Is The Only Way To Defeat The Conservatives

Joseph Finlay | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Would a progressive alliance make much difference? Opponents of the idea argue that, for the Tories to be defeated, most seats need to move from Conservative to Labour, so the aim must be to persuade Conservative areas to switch sides. This is a category error - it looks at seats when it needs to look at votes.

On Hinkley, Theresa May Has Failed To Show Any Trace Of Leadership - But It Is Not Too Late

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

Strong leadership isn't about ploughing ahead regardless when mounting evidence suggests there is a better direction to take. It's about being bold enough to make the right decision. There's still time for Theresa May to change her mind. She should do so before it is too late.

Delaying The Ratification Of The Paris Agreement Is A Dangerous And Reckless Approach To The Most Important Issue Of Our Time

Caroline Lucas | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

In Parliament today, I asked the Prime Minister if she will commit to ratifying the agreement before the follow up negotiations in November of this year. She sidestepped the question and refused to give a firm date. With 2016 set to be the hottest year on record, this casual approach is at odds with ever more serious warnings about the severity of the climate crisis.

Starting To Think About How A Progressive Alliance Could Actually Work

Rupert Read | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Politics
Rupert Read

Plenty of us believe that progressive parties need to start to discuss - to at least consider the possibility of - some kind of electoral pact. A 'popular front' to avoid fragmenting the vote among ourselves in winnable seats looking towards electing a Parliament in 2020 that would have a progressive majority for democratic change. For mending our broken democracy.

Theresa May Should Be Ashamed Of The Government's Anti-Obesity Strategy

Natalie Bennett | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The lack of action to ban supermarket promotions of junk food with buy one get one free deals and multipacks, as well as the failure to act on advertising junk aimed specifically at children during popular family television programmes and on the internet, are just two of the areas in which action had been expected, but wasn't delivered. Limiting fast food outlets near schools and colleges is a further area crying out for action.

The Green Party Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Amelia Womack | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

British politics is in turmoil at the moment, and often feels like it's a dark place to be. As a young woman, I know that first hand. With so much in the air - particularly after Brexit - the Greens are needed more than ever. Because we are, after all, one of the few stable bastions of hope.

The Government's Response to the Trans Inquiry Is Shameful - Our Community Deserves Better

Aimee Challenor | Posted 10.07.2016 | UK Politics
Aimee Challenor

Far, far more needs to be done. If we are to create a society in which transgender and non-binary people enjoy the same rights as their cisgender friends, a number of changes must urgently take place.

Why the Chilcot Report Must Not 'Put to Bed' the Iraq War

Caroline Lucas | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Over the coming weeks and months MPs and experts will be poring over the detail of what is in John Chilcot's report. I have all twelve volumes sitting on my desk right now and I aim to read as much as possible. It's crucial that this report doesn't 'put to bed' the Iraq War. The families of the British troops and Iraqi civilians who died deserve better than that. Instead this moment should be a springboard for making the changes needed to ensure that there is never another unjustified and bloody intervention like the one we embarked upon in Iraq thirteen years ago.

Our Politics Is Like the Last Stage of a Desperate, Drunken Party: We Need to Sober Up Fast

Natalie Bennett | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We need to hand the power to the people. That clearly means, in the immediate future, a general election. And then it means profound electoral reform - a fair voting system that produces a government that reflects the will of the people. That means proportional representation. It means an elected House of Lords. It means a will to ensure a society in which no one is left hungry, no one homeless, no one stranded without hope of a decent life. It means a society that lives within the environmental limits of our one fragile planet.

A Strange and Tearful Time in Brussels

Molly Scott Cato | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Politics
Molly Scott Cato

As MEPs we are in a grieving process and so experiencing a range of emotions. A lot of the time I feel rage about the poor level of the debate we have just been through and fear about the consequences of the decision we have taken. I am also trying to see positive Green possibilities of operating outside the single market. And quite often I just feel deeply sad.

We Need a General Election to Deliver a Mandate for the Future

Natalie Bennett | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Before negotiations start, we need to know what we're asking for. That has to mean a General Election - that's the only way we can reach a mandate on a way forward. We'd have a minimum period of months (the earliest practical date would be early November) to debate, discuss, inform voters, who'll then be able to weigh up the offers by various parties.