MIL-OSI UK: Green Party: Wyfla news reaffirms that nuclear should be left in the past

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

17 January 2019

Reacting to the news that Hitachi are to scrap the £16bn Wyfla nuclear power station in Anglesey [1], Green Party of England and Wales deputy leader and prospective candidate for Newport West Amelia Womack said:

“Today’s news underlines nuclear power as obsolete in the twenty-first century.

“There are now many different  forms of renewable energy generation that are cleaner, cheaper, more efficient and don’t come with the potentially devastating environmental downsides.

“It’s now time for the Westminster Government to invest in tidal lagoon power at Swansea Bay and other projects that will deliver Wales’ clean energy future.”

[1]https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/17/hitachi-set-to-scrap-16bn-nuclear-project-anglesey-wales

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MIL-OSI UK: Caroline Lucas: We need a People’s Vote no matter who’s in Number 10

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

15 January 2019

Responding to events in Parliament tonight, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas said:

“This is game over for Theresa May. But it’s only the end of the beginning of this whole Brexit saga.

“MPs don’t want Theresa May’s deal, they rightly reject no deal, and they can’t have a fantasy renegotiation.

“Unable to win the most important vote in a generation, our Government is no longer in power. So I will support this motion of no confidence – but a general election where both of the biggest parties support some kind of Brexit won’t heal the very real divisions this process has caused.

“If the Remain campaign learns from the mistakes of 2016, a People’s Vote could deliver the frank and honest debate we need, and provide an opportunity to move on from Brexit, empower communities and build a fairer country.

“I’ll keep campaigning for the public to have a say over our future relationship with our nearest neighbours, no matter who occupies Number 10.”

Caroline is among the sponsors of a cross-party motion of no confidence in the Government.

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MIL-OSI UK: Green Party: Corbyn’s support would make People’s Vote unstoppable

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

15 January 2019

Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party, will today call on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour front bench to throw their weight behind the campaign for a People’s Vote on Brexit.

Womack will make the call during a speech at a rally for a People’s Vote in Parliament Square today at about 4pm [1].

 She is expected to call on Labour to “listen to its members” after a poll found 72% back a People’s Vote [2].

 Womack is expected to say (check against delivery):

“Whatever happens when MPs vote tonight, tomorrow all sides of this debate must come together to collectively find a way forwards. That means going back to the British people, asking them what they want and giving them a People’s Vote.

“So let’s be honest about what we need to get there. We have seen support for a People’s Vote is growing every single day – with more and more Conservatives giving their support. But we need the Labour front bench to get on board. Today as we wait for this historic moment we ask Labour to do what is right, to listen to its members – and to get behind a People’s Vote.

“Because while without Jeremy Corbyn this campaign feels truly winnable, we know that with him it would be unstoppable.”

Notes:

1. https://www.peoples-vote.uk/decision_day_live
2. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/02/most-labour-members-believe-corbyn-should-back-second-brexit-vote

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MIL-OSI UK: Jenny Jones responds to Government’s new air pollution strategy

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

14 January 2019

Green Party Baroness Jenny Jones, who has put forward a Bill to make clean air a human right, said:

“Air Pollution is a public health emergency responsible for hundred of thousands of premature deaths, but this new government strategy continues the same slow motion progress of the last two decades. As much as I welcome the long term goals of meeting World Health Organisation guidelines, I’m more concerned that we are nine years behind meeting the pollution limits for NO2 that we set ourselves back in at the turn of the century.

“We need to make clean air a human right, enforceable in the courts with a Citizens’ Commission providing legal support for parents and others to take action against those responsible for bad air. Until we get a new Clean Air Act that has legal teeth, then all these promises by government bodies, local authorities and car companies won’t result in urgent action.”  

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MIL-OSI UK: Green Party reveals full list of runners for London Mayoral and Assembly spots

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

14 January 2019

London’s third party has revealed the full list of nominees [1] hoping to stand in the 2020 London Mayoral and Assembly elections.

Today (Monday 14 January) voting opens for Green Party members to choose the candidates who will stand in the 2020 election.

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the party, said the London Green Party had put forward a list of nominees who “reflect our great diverse city”.  

Half of the nominees hoping to stand for mayor are BAME. Of the nominees hoping to be chosen for the 11 spotson the Green Party’s London Assembly List, more than one third are BAME. The party also has one deafblind candidate, and six candidates who are 30-years-old or under.

The Green Party came third in the 2016 London Assembly and Mayoral elections, when Sian Berry also came third for the party in the Mayoral race [2].

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, said:

“The London Green Party has put forward a list of candidates who reflect our great diverse city. I’m really proud to see so many Greens stepping up to give communities a voice they can trust. We have already seen that having greens in City Hall – as well as in council chambers up and down the country – makes a real difference. In the last London elections the Green Party established itself as the capital’s third party – I’m excited to see us take the campaign to the next level.”

NOTES:

1.

Nominees to stand as London Mayor:

Peter Underwood

Shahrar Ali

Sian Berry

Zack Polanski

Nominees to stand on the London Assembly List:

Andrea Carey Fuller

Azzees Minott

Benali Hamdache

Ben Fletcher

Caroline Russell

Florence Pollock

Gulnar Hasnain

Hannah Graham

James Braun

Jarelle Francis

Kirsten De Keyser

Matthew Crowley

Peter Underwood

Ronald Stewart

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah

Rosemary Warrington

Scott Ainslie

Shahrar Ali

Shaka Lish

Sian Berry

Tom Pashby

Zack Polanski

2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2016/london/results

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MIL-OSI UK: Green Party responds to rise in arms sales to human rights abusers

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

21 December 2018

The Green Party has called on the Prime Minister to immediately end arms sales where there are risks of human rights abuses after news one-third of UK arms sales go to states on human rights watchlist. [1]

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, said:

“It is a stain on our national conscience that Britain is arming human rights abusers. The Government cannot keep turning a blind eye to the fact British weapons are fuelling despicable wars and being used to target civilians in violation of the rules of war. It is rank hypocrisy that Britain championed the Arms Trade Treaty yet seems content to ignore the clear risk of selling weapons into conflict zones – violating that very treaty. It is time for the cosy relationship with despotic regimes like Riyadh in Saudi Arabia to end. I appeal to the Prime Minister to immediately stop arms sales where there are risks of human rights abuses.”

Notes:

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/dec/21/one-third-of-uk-arms-sales-go-to-states-on-human-rights-watchlist-say-analysts

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MIL-OSI UK: Green Party responds to Government immigration White Paper

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

19 December 2018

Caroline Lucas MP said:

“Confronted with negative headlines, Theresa May has a habit of diverting attention by pointing the finger at migrants.

“But this latest announcement affects us all – stripping British people of our freedom to live, love, study and work across 27 other countries without needing a visa.

“The white paper’s arbitrary £30,000 income threshold will worsen the severe staffing crisis in our NHS and leave all of us poorer – both economically and culturally. And ministers appear to be doing nothing to address people’s genuine concerns about low pay and pressure on public services by strengthening workers’ rights and properly enforcing the minimum wage. 

“In 2016 the public voted to take back control – not to give up their rights.”

Notes: 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/dec/18/cabinet-stand-off-over-30000-threshold-for-skilled-migrants?CMP=twt_gu

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MIL-OSI UK: Statement on Strasbourg attack: response from Molly Scott Cato MEP

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

12 December 2018

Responding to last night’s attack in Strasbourg, in which three peolle were killed and 12 others injured, Green MEP Molly Scott Cato, who was close to the attak when it happened, said:

“Following the shocking attack in Strasbourg last night I would like to offer my sympathy to the families of those who were killed and the many people who were injured and to send solidarity to everybody in the city who feels shaken and brutalised this morning.

“Strasbourg is at the centre of the European peace project and also the heart of human rights in our continent since it houses both the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. As Greens we therefore restate our total commitment to both these idealistic and hopeful projects this morning.

“Strasbourg is also a beautiful historic city which is a truly magical place to be at Christmas time. The spirit of peace, solidarity and goodwill of our continent is stronger than the hate of a few people who seek to threaten our social cohesion.

“My own staff and my parliamentary colleagues are all safe and well and intend to continue with our legislative work this morning.”

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MIL-OSI UK: Greens: “The Stansted 15 are human rights defenders – the real criminals are the Home Office.”

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

10 December 2018

In reaction to the conviction of the Stanstead 15 [1], Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Jonathan Bartley denounced the treatment of the activists as “unprecedented and wrong”. He also called for root and branch reform of the UK’s immigration system and an end to charter flights.

Bartley said:

“The treatment of the Stansted 15 is unprecedented and is wrong. From the trumped up charges they faced to the verdicts handed down. The principled action the Stansted 15 took exposed the brutality of these secretive charter flights, and a number of people set to be removed from the UK on that plane have been able to stay in the UK safely as a result of their principled actions. The Stansted 15 are human rights defenders – the real criminals are the Home Office. 

“We need root and branch reform of our immigration system and that can start with stopping the use of charter flights for deportations immediately.”

[1] https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/stansted-15-deportation-stop-london-airport-guilty-verdict-terror-a8675966.html

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MIL-OSI UK: Green Party says European Court of Justice ruling ‘lights way out of Brexit chaos’

Source: Green Party of England and Wales

10 December 2018

The Green Party of England and Wales and Scottish Green Party welcome the news this morning that the European Court of Justice ruling has confirmed the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50.

Ross Greer, Green Member of Scottish Parliament and one of the pursuers of the action to the ECJ said:

“This is a huge victory for the UK, achieved despite the Conservative government’s attempts to prevent it and limit their own options. We now have legal certainty that the UK is free to change its mind and stop the process of leaving the EU. We can stay in and enjoy not just the significant benefits of membership but the unique benefits of the UK’s advantageous membership and all of the opt-outs which come with it.

“That is a choice for us alone to make and does not require the approval of any other EU state and it is a choice the people should be free to make via a referendum. It is clear that we don’t have to choose between becoming poorer with May’s deal or much poorer very quickly with No-Deal, there is another way. It’s time to let the public take back control of the Brexit process.” 

Molly Scott-Cato, Green Party of England and Wales Brexit spokesperson said:

“The ECJ ruling has lit up the path out of the Brexit calamity. MPs should vote down the withdrawal agreement tomorrow and then support a People’s Vote. If the country support continuing EU membership the court has told us we can revoke Art 50 and keep our existing terms. The threat to this strategy comes from Labour whose posturing around mythical renegotiation and a general election would waste the time we need to organise the referendum.”

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