Jenny Jones

Andrea Leadsom Slammed For 'Criminal Neglect' Over Toxic Air Pollution

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Politics

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has been accused of “criminal neglect” over failures to properly warn the public about toxic air pollution. A...

Private Rail Has Failed Us - Bring It Back to Public Ownership

Baroness Jones | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

This situation cannot and should not go on. Our railways are a public service, enabling people to get to work and linking families and friends who are separated by long distances. They can, and should, be the pathways to our business success and our engagement in leisure. Instead, they are overpriced, but underfunded. Overcrowded, but understaffed. Driven by profit, not by what is best for passengers. But there is an alternative.

We Need More Houses - Not to Punish Those Who Have One

Baroness Jones | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

There is certainly a shortage in social housing. Almost 1.9million households are in need of a social home, more than half again of the almost 3.7million socially-rented homes currently occupied. The solution to that is not to threaten people with eviction in an arbitrary amount of time. Nor is it to ban local authorities from granting secure, long-term tenancies for people in social housing where they see they are beneficial.

Remembrance and Pacifism Go Hand in Hand: Why I'm Proud to Wear a White Poppy Alongside My Red One

Owen Winter | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

There is no contradiction in wearing both a red and a white poppy. This Remembrance Day we should remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and also take a moment to question the causes and consequences of war.

Tax Credit Cut Vote Revealed Power and Potential of Lords

Baroness Jones | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

Both Houses of Parliament exist to serve the people of the UK, yet it fell to the unelected peers, rather than the MPs who are directly accountable to their constituents, to stand up for people whose work helps the entire country to operate and succeed.

Shaker Aamer and Our Responsibility

Baroness Jones | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

We need to know exactly what the US government - and the UK government, which has been complicit in the 'rendering' of British and other nationals to Guantanamo - has done, so we can hold them to account. For all of us, the fight for justice for Shaker, his wife and children, is far from over.

Natalie Bennett's Apology For 'Excruciating' Media Interviews Comes Too Late

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Politics

Natalie Bennett has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to her party after a series of "excruciating" media interviews overshadowed her party's ...

Asa Bennett

Critics Mock Osborne's 'Nonsense' Excuse For Keeping His Tax Bill Secret | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been ridiculed for insisting that the coalition has ditched its plans to publish ministers' tax returns in order to protect "taxpay...

Occupy Parliament Square: Messy, Brilliant and In Need of Mummy

James Moran | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK Politics
James Moran

Standing in the middle of Parliament Square, I watch the October twilight turn the breath of the Superintendent and the Baroness into steam. In the middle of hundreds of protestors with placards like "People, not banks!", the Green member of the House of Lords Jenny Jones is receiving a Pinteresque line of questioning...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Blair Is Bonkers, Says Boris

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 16 June 2014... 1) BLAIR IS BONKERS, SAYS BORIS "Fury at 'Blair the warmonger'," is the head...

Number Of Police Investigated For 'Obscene Images' Is Rising

Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

The number of officers with London's Metropolitan Police investigated for possessing or distributing obscene images has been described as "disturbing"...

Isn't It Time We Got Serious About Wildlife Crime?

Baroness Jones | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

When the UK is hosting a two day international summit on the illegal wildlife trade, involving two future kings of our country and world leaders from fifty nations, all invited by the prime minister, why does the Met police have a team of only five people to fight an illegal trade estimated to be worth $19billion a year? Isn't it time we got serious about this crime?

Summerhayes Brings Out The Worst In BBC Commentators

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Sport

The BBC are likely to receive more complaints following the commentary during Katie Summerhayes' second freestyle skiing run in Sochi on Tuesday morni...

Winter Wonderland

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Sport

Snowboarder Jenny Jones has won Britain's first ever Olympic medal on snow in Sochi. Most of the BBC commentary team was in tears as the 33-year-ol...

Guess How Much You Paid For Boris Johnson's Trip To China?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has come under fire after City Hall revealed that his Mayoral trade visit to China cost £65,000, in response to a Freedom of Informatio...

When the Mayor Gets Blamed, Boris Gets Personal

Baroness Jones | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

Over the past week the mayor has responded to criticism of his cycling policies by suggesting cyclists are making rash decisions on the roads and by repeating a unfounded claim he made to me in October 2011 that wearing headphones whilst cycling or walking could be blamed for an increase in the numbers injured in London.

Met Police Confusion About Undercover Sex

Baroness Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

Tuesday will mark the latest stage of the undercover police scandal when the judgement is expected in the legal appeal by the victims of police spies against the Metropolitan Police Service. I'm surprised to find that I admire much of the work done by the Met Commissioner, which makes it all the stranger that he is mishandling the historical mess that undercover police have made of innocent people's lives. Bernard Hogan-Howe is now taking a Janus faced approach when it comes to undercover police having sex with the people they are spying on. He says one thing in public but his lawyers say the opposite in the High Court.

'Why Is Boris Letting An Industry Of Death Be Promoted In London?'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics

Boris Johnson has drawn widespread condemnation for allowing London to host the world's biggest arms fair that senior London politicians have warned i...

Asa Bennett

Which Donors Have Been Made Peers? | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

Thirty new peerages were doled out today to a glittering array of party donors, former political advisers and MPs. Some are controversial character...

Loser To Lord

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK Politics

They were comprehensively rejected by voters last year - and now they're heading for the House of Lords. Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick and the Gre...

Why Conservatives Should Support a Living Wage

Dr James Hannam | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Politics
Dr James Hannam

As people begin to earn money from a job, benefits are withdrawn, meaning that their net position is not very much better off. Here's where the Living Wage might help... I don't think paying the Living Wage can be compulsory. But this is a left wing campaign that Conservatives, including the Mayor of London and the Government, can and should support.

Change My Mind: Should All Police Officers Be Armed?

Posted 20.09.2012 | UK

The murder of policewomen Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes has led to increasing calls for officers to be armed as routine - despite senior officers sayin...

Arming The Police Would Be A Step In The Wrong Direction

Baroness Jones | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

The tragic deaths of two unarmed policewomen in Manchester yesterday will inevitably lead to calls from some quarters for on-duty police in the UK to be armed. But before we pursue such a course of action, we need a proper examination of the facts.

Dina Rickman

Police Accused Of Failing Victims Of Female Mutilation | Dina Rickman | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK

British police are facing questions over why there have been no convictions for female genital mutilation in the UK, after it emerged senior officers ...

Call to End Junk Food Sponsors From Future Sporting Events

Baroness Jones | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Politics
Baroness Jones

High Olympic ideals of promoting sport and healthy living seem completely at odds with Big Macs, chicken nuggets, fries, sugar rich milkshakes and coke drinks. Yet brands such as McDonalds and Coca Cola, through sponsorship deals, will be the only food and soft-drink brands advertised at the London 2012 Games, at both game venues and through TV broadcasts to billions of worldwide viewers, including children.