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Natalie Bennett is the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

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We Need to Get Together to Deliver Electoral Reform

(2) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Today in a room near Westminster, I'll be joining representatives from six other political parties for a Make Votes Matter organising meeting, a way of joining up party and non-party efforts to produce a voting system fit for the 21st century, one in which every voter will know...

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Prime Minister Nero: David Cameron Fiddles as Britain Floods

(30) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 12:27 PM

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...

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The Government Must Take the Direction Provided By the Paris Climate Talks

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 7:00 PM

I joined Green councillors in Lancaster yesterday, ten days after the disastrous floods in northern England, to assess the damage and the local response.

I saw many of the sights I expected: flooded local small businesses and community facilities in the city centre (affected not by river flooding but by...

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 7:00 PM

The government yesterday announced plans for increased spending on the military and intelligence services, a decision billed as the government's response to the threat of the rise of ISIS.

Yet there was one obvious area of spending missing from that list: diplomacy.

In a world growing more complex by the...

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Renewables Opportunity Missed as Government Phases Out Coal Use

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 1:23 PM

Today the government made a correct decision on energy policy.

That's such an unusual occurrence that it does deserve to be noted, after a disastrous run of announcements on renewables and energy efficiency.

It has decided to completely phase out the use of coal for electricity generation by 2025.

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We Need a People's Britain

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:35 AM

Tonight I'm delighted to be speaking at the CWU's People's Post event in Manchester.

Royal Mail is a critically important institution. It must continue to provide the basic services on which individuals, businesses and our society depends - daily deliveries, local post offices and new services as technology...

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Europe Is Facing a Clear and Undeniable Refugee Crisis

(21) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Europe faces a refugee crisis. A humanitarian crisis of desperate people with no choice but to flee war, political repression and state breakdown and it is now clear and undeniable.

As European Green Reinhard Butikofer reported from the Macedonian-Serbian border, the majority are from Syria, but they're...

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Countdown to Paris: Lessons from Obama

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 9:06 AM

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.

In the run-up to this December's vital negotiations on worldwide...

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A Healthy Society Needs Strong Trade Unions

(11) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 8:00 PM

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....

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Budget 2015 Does Not Deliver a Caring Britain

(9) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 12:00 PM

The first Conservative Budget in 18 years was never going to deliver what the Green Party wanted to see. It wasn't looking likely in the run-up to this afternoon that George Osborne would suddenly change his deeply ingrained ideological stance on austerity, suddenly embrace the urgent need to tackle climate...

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

(16) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Polling by Greenpeace last year showed that two thirds of Lancashire residents supported an outright ban on fracking. Yesterday, an application to frack in the area was rejected by County councillors. It was a great day for democracy - people were for once put before profit.

My congratulations go out...

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The Disabled Will Pay for Cameron's Cuts

(24) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 9:01 AM

We don't know exactly where the government's spending axe is going to fall in July's budget but one thing already seems certain - the people that will suffer the most will be those least able to afford it.

On this, David Cameron has history.

For the last five...

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

(12) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 8:00 PM

On February 15th, 2003, the world saw the biggest protests ever recorded. In cities around the globe, millions took to the streets to send a message to the US and British governments: do not go to war with Iraq. The enormous strength of opposition convinced many that they would win...

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Upsurge of Activism Shows There Is a Real Alternative

(15) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 12:35 PM

Sometimes in politics it's a good idea to take a step back and look at the big picture, not just think about fiscal policy, not just think about climate change policy, not just think about the day-to-day political argy-bargy, but to look at our overall direction of travel. To ask...

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The Government's Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Will Benefit Nobody

(52) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:00 PM

This week, the government announced plans to crack down on illegal immigration, introducing a raft of measures which include confiscating the wages of those who work in the UK without a visa.

These plans do nothing but illustrate the government's lack of compassion, lack of perspective and ultimately their...

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From Town Halls to Westminster, We Need Proportional Representation

(11) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 8:00 PM

On Monday I joined Green Party deputy leader Amelia Womack and representatives from four other parties in presenting to David Cameron two petitions with more than 350,000 signatures calling for reform of the electoral system that caused the...

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The Green Party Are the Realists in This Election

(32) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 8:00 PM

I know there are many voters in this election who are attracted to Green Party policies - whether it's lifting the minimum wage to £10 per hour by 2020, bringing the railways back into public hands, or paying a citizens' pension that means no older person need live in poverty.

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It's Time for the UK to Stand Up for Migrants

(81) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 8:00 PM

2014 saw a record number of migrants dying whilst crossing the Mediterranean to reach European shores. This year, it seems the situation is set to be far worse. Over 1,500 of those attempting the crossing have died since January (3,000 died in the entirety of 2014). Urgent action is required...

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Green Manifesto Sets Out Our Vision of a Fairer Society

(39) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 8:00 PM

On Tuesday we launched the Green Party of England and Wales 2015 general election manifesto: 'For the Common Good'. It is shaped by our vision of a future Britain, and our principles and values which say that no one in this, the world's sixth richest economy, should fear not being...

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This Election Could Change Everything

(37) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 8:00 PM

What's at stake is more than just 650 seats.

This election - more than any other in living history - is throwing up a genuine battle between different visions of how this country should be run.

This time more people will be hearing from the Green Party than ever before...

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