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

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A Healthy Society Needs Strong Trade Unions

(8) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 7:00 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 | 11:00 AM

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 | 7:00 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 | 8:01 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 | 7:00 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

(16) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 11:35 AM

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 | 7:00 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

(13) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:00 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 | 7:00 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

(82) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 7:00 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 | 7:00 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

(40) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 7:00 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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Young Voters - If You Want to Make a Difference at This General Election, You Can

(42) Comments | Posted February 8, 2015 | 6:00 PM

In the 2010 General Election, almost 29.7milion people voted, with just over 10.7million choosing the Conservative Party.

Almost 16million people - 35% of those registered to vote - did not cast a ballot, meaning that more people did not vote than chose the main party of government.

And among 18-24...

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The Green Party Must Get a Fair Hearing From Ofcom and Broadcasters

(18) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 9:01 AM

Today Ofcom, an unelected quango, issued a draft ruling that has the potential to have a significant impact on the coming general election campaign: it declared Ukip a "major party", while denying the Green Party the same status, basing its argument chiefly on "past electoral performance".

Obviously, as...

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The Wrong Spending, for the Wrong Reasons

(11) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Pity George Osborne. Here's a politician who no longer believes in himself: yesterday's promises really are today's fish and chip wrapper.

Take the deficit. Back in 2010 he said he would eliminate the structural deficit by 2015. Today he admits that there is no prospect of this and...

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New Roads Are Not the Way Forward

(8) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Today's announcement on new road building from the Prime Minister is further confirmation that this government is driving us into an economic, social and environmental cul-de-sac.

Just as this government seems firmly and inexplicably attached to the fracking fantasy and the white elephant of nuclear in energy policy,...

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Living Wage Week: The Big Business Model Needs Changing

(8) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 10:23 AM

I spend a lot of my time as Green Party leader talking to people who own and run small businesses. And if there's one overall message from them, whether they're in retail, in manufacturing or in services, it's that business conditions are tough.

Particularly for the retailers: they feel squeezed,...

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The Green Party Must Be in the Leaders Debates - Democracy Demands It

(46) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Take a look at the montage on this Sky story about broadcasters' debates for the general election next year. There's Miliband, Cameron, Clegg and Farage, with a proposal for four, then three, then two of them participating in broadcast debates.

That's an untenable proposal. It would represent a...

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Scottish Referendum Has to Bring Real Change Across the UK

(5) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Today, we know the result of the Scottish referendum, but what we don't yet know is the outcome.

David Cameron's words at Downing Street this morning were a promise of constitutional change for not just Scotland but the rest of the UK, but after nearly 100 years without significant...

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Why 'Yes' Vote Would Be Great for Rest of the UK, As Well as Scotland

(70) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:00 PM

At one level, answering why the Green Party of England and Wales supports a "yes" vote in the Scotland independence referendum is easy.

You might have noticed the name; our members in Scotland chose independence in 1990, and since then we've agreed that on issues specifically relating to Scotland, the...

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