Natalie Bennett

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.

The Waugh Zone May 16, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday May 16, 2016… 1) I’M WITH STUPID Guilt by association is a terrible thing, but No.10 are deligh...

In Tomorrow's Council Elections, Greens Can Beat the System

Natalie Bennett | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Given the state of our economy, our society, our environment, we can no longer wait that long. We need to elect more Greens, put Greens in power, to deliver a new society that works for the common good, not just the 1% of the richest, within the environmental limits of our one fragile planet.

What Does the Future Hold for Cameron After Panama Papers Revelations?

Natalie Bennett | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

This is a government in turmoil - its head has lost the public's confidence, its policy programme has no legitimacy, it doesn't have a stable majority. We need a new general election, but before we get to that we have to allow space for proper debate in other important elections and for the critical European decision to be made. Then we can have a proper debate about the future of Britain...

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.

Budget 2016: This Is a Government Detached From the Reality of the Lives of Many Millions of Britons

Natalie Bennett | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

The Tories have been exposed. They don't have a stable majority, they don't have the country's consent for their approach (having won the support of just 24% of eligible voters). We cannot allow George Osborne to stand up eight more times to deliver more benefits for the 1% of the richest at the cost of the rest of us, to ignore the reality of the finite environmental limits of our one fragile planet.

The Safety and Cost Concerns of Trident Cannot Be Ignored

Natalie Bennett | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

We've consistently maintained complete opposition to nuclear weapons over decades, in line with our principles and values. And we've got a government that - having won the vote of just 24% of eligible voters - doesn't have a mandate to make the massive, dangerous decision of replacing Trident. Please join the call to scrap Trident - on the streets of London, online, in your conversations with friends, classmates, colleagues and family.

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.

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 26.05.2016 | 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.