Natalie Bennett

Prime Minister Nero: David Cameron Fiddles as Britain Floods

Natalie Bennett | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

It's on David Cameron's watch that funding for flood defences have been cut. It's on his watch that flood defences that might have saved 2,000 homes and 400 businesses in Leeds were axed. Planned defences for hard-hit York were put on hold under the Prime Minister's previous government. And it's on his watch that nearly 10,000 new homes have been built each year on flood plains, putting lives at risk, and threatening misery and financial disaster for thousands of households.

Online Protest Over 'BBC Bias' Towards Ukip Gathers Pace

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK

A petition slamming the BBC is gaining momentum after a plethora of Green party supporters have spoken out against the broadcasters decision to amend ...

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.

To Build Peace We Need to Invest in More Than Bombs and Bullets

Natalie Bennett | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

This government has made many false economies, with its disastrous policy of austerity that has failed both in terms of restoring our economy and retaining our essential services and infrastructure. But the Foreign Office austerity could turn out to be some of the most damaging of all.

Disabled Will Be Put Off Fighting Elections After 'Heartless' Axing Of Fund, says Green Candidate

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Politics

The Government is making it harder for people with a disability to stand for election by axing a vital funding programme, according to the Green Party...

Thousands Of Student Protesters Are Marching On Westminster For #GrantsNotDebts

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Thousands of students are marching to Westminster to protest against the government "waging war" against young people and the working classes, in a de...

We Need a People's Britain

Natalie Bennett | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

So today we're focusing on the Royal Mail - what should be the People's Post. But let's also talk about the people's NHS, the people's schools, and yes, even the people's prisons - run with proper accountability, proper pay and conditions for staff, and the quality of services that we need - and could afford to pay for, if we weren't shovelling public money into private hands through privatisation, and allowing multinational corporations and rich individuals to skip their obligations to pay their fair share of taxes.

Natalie Bennett: Jeremy Corbyn's Victory Helps The Green Party, Not Hurts It

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Politics

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett insists Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership victory will benefit, not harm, her party’s support across the countr...

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.

Countdown to Paris: Lessons from Obama

Natalie Bennett | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

It's not often that one of the world's biggest polluters fills me with hope that we can tackle climate change. But yesterday President Obama showed leaders around the globe what climate action looks like, and his timing couldn't be better.

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.

Budget 2015 Does Not Deliver a Caring Britain

Natalie Bennett | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Today George Osborne squandered a huge opportunity. He could have learned the lessons that led to the economic crisis, started to build a fair and sustainable economy and given Britain the tools it needs to help in the fight against climate change. Instead his backwards priorities led him to sacrifice the poor and the planet in the name of a "long-term economic plan" that is failing to secure our future.

Lancashire's Vote Against Fracking Proves We Can Win the Fight for Action on Climate Change

Natalie Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

This rejection is worth celebrating, but we must not stop campaigning until there is a complete ban on the practice in Britain. Only then can we turn a corner in terms of our energy mix, to focus it on renewables. What we know now is that the fight for climate action can be won.

The Disabled Will Pay for Cameron's Cuts

Natalie Bennett | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

On 30 June the Independent Living Fund will be abolished, pulling the rug from under the 18,000 people with particularly high needs who rely on it to remain in their own homes. This cruel cut will not only make it even more difficult for disabled people to participate in their communities and go to work, but could even force some into residential homes. Today the Green Party's Work and Pensions spokesperson Jonathan Bartley joins Disabled People Against Cuts to lobby parliament in a last-ditch attempt to save this vital fund. Perhaps meeting those who depend on this support face to face might persuade MPs to change their minds. But this is just one telling example of the government's attitude towards disabled people.

Saturday's Demonstration Is Only the Beginning - Together, We Can Defeat Austerity

Natalie Bennett | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

I know that one march won't convince George Osborne to instantly change track. But it's the cumulative effect of all our marches, demos, and protests that is so powerful - each sending out the message that an alternative future is possible and that there is mass support ready to deliver it.

Upsurge of Activism Shows There Is a Real Alternative

Natalie Bennett | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Despair might be tempting - and I've met people who are almost overwhelmed by that emotion. But what's becoming stronger and more evident by the day is determination - determination to act, to protest, to stand up and be counted, to campaign for a genuine change in direction.

Let's Be Frank: The Result of The General Election Was Devastating

Amelia Womack | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

During the campaign, I met so many people desperately in need of a change of government. People whose basic rights were viciously undermined by the coalition, people forced to live their lives in an unnecessary state of struggle. We didn't just need a change of policy, but a radical change in the attitude of the government.

The Government's Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Will Benefit Nobody

Natalie Bennett | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

These plans do nothing but illustrate the government's lack of compassion, lack of perspective and ultimately their lack of will to genuinely address the economic anxieties of the people of Britain... This is a victory only for ignorance - a victory of rhetoric over logic, of posturing over compassion. It is a victory for those who seek to demonise immigrants, who seek to pull up Britain's drawbridge and banish diversity from our society.

Labour Pains: Giving Birth to a New Politics

Indra Adnan | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Politics
Indra Adnan

Hours to go and I can feel the adrenaline kicking in. Whatever happens on polling day, the General Election 2015 has been chaotic. The growing complexity of British politics, signalled by the appearance of seven leaders in the leadership debate compared to four last time, has not led to a better quality of discussion or engagement with the voters, but higher degrees of posturing and spinning against the storm.

Let Children Guide Your Vote

Sophie Alderson | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Sophie Alderson

Still undecided about where to make your mark on May 7th? Local politics has inevitably been eclipsed in the run up to Thursday by close scrutiny of t...

Why Voting Green Is Best For The Family

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Ellis-Gage

When you have children your way of thinking changes. You may think it won't but it will. You may already have children and think that you are exactly the same as before, but you aren't. Because I think one thing changes in all parents (and if it doesn't change then I think it should)...

When Made In Chelsea's Ollie Locke Met The Green Party's Natalie Bennett

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

In the vein of celebrities interviewing politicians, the Green Party's Natalie Bennett subjected herself to Made in Chelsea's reality TV star Ollie Lo...

Green Party 'Open' To Three-Way Marriages

PA | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Politics

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has said she is open to discussing the possibility of legalising three-way marriages. Bennett said she was "open...

The Green Party Are the Realists in This Election

Natalie Bennett | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

It is realistic to think we can have a different kind of economy and society. It is possible to create a fair and just arrangement in which no one need fear being unable to put food on the table or keep a roof over their head... It is profoundly unrealistic to think we can continue as we are.

The High Price of Justice

Adam Hamdy | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

n the Joel Schumacher classic, Falling Down, William Foster, played by Michael Douglas, passes a man protesting the fact he has been categorised as "not economically viable". Swathes of British society have been categorised in this way by the Conservatives and they are slowly being ground into the dirt. And now they might end up in court faced with the prospect of a crippling bill for simply exercising their ancient right to plead innocent.