Amelia is the youngest deputy leader of any UK political party, and was elected aged 29 while still a member of the Young Greens. She is committed to youth engagement, and making young peoples’ voices heard both in politics and within the Green Party.
Amelia is originally from Newport and now lives in Cardiff. She holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and an MSc in Environmental Technology, and in her eight years of Green Party activism has campaigned on issues such as TTIP and the housing crisis.
The press is meant to challenge the government and tackle big issues. On this occasion they have been complicit in glossing over a scandal in British life and I only hope that they will have learned their lesson.
The social, emotional and economic damage tied to gender stereotyping, objectification and unrealistic bodies in advertising is clear. Evidence from academics and public opinion research included in the report all reached the same conclusion.
Every vote for a Green candidate sends a signal that this is what we want. We want to do politics differently. We want a government that believes the best way forward is by working with each other rather than against each other. One that puts the rights of citizens above those of corporations, which ensures that nobody is left behind.
Two thirds of female politicians have faced sexism at work. We endure derogatory comments, social media abuse and being judged solely on our appearances. I refuse to be put off, but I worry about the impact on others who might be reconsidering stepping into the public sphere. I'm calling on the editor of the <em>Daily Mail</em> to apologise to the Prime Minister and First Minister, and to all of the young women aspiring to be politicians who want to be recognised for their knowledge and achievements, not the shimmer of their legs.
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.
Currently, the EU provides billions in funding for our Higher Education institutions; gives vital support to Further Education; enables young people to live and study across the continent; and creates jobs and training opportunities. Brexit does not need to mean the end for youth opportunity, but there is a great deal of work to be done to ensure that our futures are not damaged by it.
What Jeremy Hunt doesn't seem to get is that junior doctors aren't some resource that he can stretch to fill the growing gaps in NHS funding. They are people. They are some of the most hardworking, highly skilled people in our society, and we need them.
The public is being fed a constant diet of hyperbole about hordes of dangerous criminals roaming the Channel Tunnel, assaulting British citizens and storming Britain's borders. A mood of anxiety and hostility risks creeping over the public, with growing demands for the UK to close its borders and weed out 'illegal' immigrants from British life. But behind this rhetoric is a very different reality, and it's that reality that we will be confronting today as we visit the 'jungle' camp in Calais.
Yesterday, Welsh assembly members issued a long-overdue warning over the government's failure to effectively tackle poverty. While poverty in most regions of the UK has fallen in recent years, in Wales the figure has remained static.
If we want people to get behind the movement fighting climate change, we have to make it clear what that means: not sacrificing the things we need to save a few trees, but working towards a radical overhaul of our economy to make it work for this generation and the next; make it work for the many, not the few; and make it truly fit for the future.
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 Scottish independence referendum was proof that a positive campaign, engaging rather than side-lining young people, will inspire people of all ages to vote. The major political parties have forgotten this... But there is an alternative.
23/04/2015 17:41 BST
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