UK Green Party

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.

The EU Referendum Shows We Must Urgently Build a More Representative, Inclusive Democracy

Caroline Lucas | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

We have seen things over the past few days and weeks that have raised difficult questions about who we are as British people. And if we are to take Britain forward rather than back, I believe that the time is right for progressive political parties on the left to unite - and to offer a credible alternative to the unholy trinity that is Farage, Johnson and Gove. If Brexiteers are serious about handing control to the British people, then a proportional voting system has to be a priority. And if we are to set about healing the deep divisions in our society which this referendum has revealed, then we need to urgently build a more representative, inclusive democracy.

EU Referendum: Let's Remain Part of the People's Europe

Natalie Bennett | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

When it comes to planning to rebalance the British economy away from our dangerous, unproductive reliance on the financial sector, the model of German banking, with regional and local banks that fund and support small and medium enterprises for the long haul has a lot to offer. Of course we can also work with knowledge and skills from other parts of the world outside the EU, but by being already partners, members of the same union, the impetus for cooperation is stronger, the frameworks clearer, the funding available for cross-EU work ready for applications.

EU Referendum: Fisheries and Farming Policies Will Remain Under Democratic Control If We Stay 'In'

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

They're better off in the EU, as we're better off with stronger policies for sustainable agriculture and fisheries to secure our future food supply that come from being part of the EU where these industries are a central part of political concerns.

Take It From a Party That Has Always Said No to the Privatisation of Our NHS - Our Health Service Is Better Off If We Stay in the EU

Caroline Lucas | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

The use of the NHS as a political football in this campaign is sickening. Amid such bluster it's hard to discern what's right but I'm convinced that being a member of the European Union is the best bet for our most treasured public service.

Why We're Running to Be Co-Leaders of the Green Party

Jonathan Bartley | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Bartley

For us the power of working together is about job sharing, harnessing the power of collective action at the grassroots of our party and starting a democratic revolution. Time is up for the two-party system - we want to seize this moment to create a new kind of politics that can in turn reclaim and reshape Britain - addressing both the cost of living crisis and the quality of life crisis too.

Why I Went Off-script at the EU Referendum Rally Today

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Britain deserves a factual, broadly focused, debate featuring a wide range of voices: the voices of scientists and green campaigners, small business people and historians, pensioner advocates and youth activists, MEPs who can talk about the work they do and bureaucrats and campaigners who've worked in Brussels who can explain how the EU actually works. That's not what we've had up until now. But it isn't too late.

Leaving the EU Would Be an Act of Self-Inflicted Environmental Vandalism That Would Hurt Young People the Most

Caroline Lucas | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Caroline Lucas

In every corner of Britain the EU is protecting the environment. Towns and cities blighted by air pollution are finally seeing the British Government forced to act to cut the amount of dangerous particles we're breathing. Precious species in the countryside are protected by tough EU laws which stop overzealous development. Our beaches - many of which were too filthy to enjoy not so long ago - are now cleaner, and our once-polluted seas are safer to swim in too. Young people enjoy a cleaner environment than their parents did at their age - but Brexit risks all of this progress.

Bursaries for Midwives and Nurses: An Equality Issue

Sarah Cope | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Cope

Campaigners against the removal of the bursaries have calculated that, without bursaries, childcare or travel expenses, and with tuition fees and loans, nurses and midwives will accrue debts of around £60,000 over the span of their three year course.

Four Years as Green Party Leader: It's Been a Privilege and an Honour

Natalie Bennett | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I know some will find my decision not to re-stand for the leadership hard to understand, and I've been moved by the generous words of support from many party members and supporters urging me to continue, but I hope that my decision will help make it clear that the Green Party doesn't operate like other political parties, with a steep hierarchy up which many are seeking to scramble, while those at the top defend their positions. We're a team, we work together and support each other.

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.