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Natalie Bennett: Why the UK Green Party is growing rapidly

Natalie Bennett, leader of the UK Green Party, writes in The Independent:

#GreenSurge: Did you know that the Green Party is growing rapidly? Let me tell you why

It’s not just our environmental policies that has led to a surge in our support

p Natalie Bennett“I’m sorry.” That was a message I delivered on Sunday to the students of Lancaster University, speaking as as a representative of my generation (I’m 48). “We’ve made a right mess of things.” In Britain, and around the globe, we’ve got three crises all coming together at the same time: our economic, social, environmental systems are all failing.

It’s clear that young people are increasingly understanding this – and that this timing isn’t coincidental, but the result of the failure of decades of free-market politics and economics, which saw greed as good and the natural world as a storehouse to be plundered. The coming together of these crises makes the need for genuine change in our economy and society apparent, and that understanding was evident in Lancaster — with more than 100 students giving up their weekend to talk politics. Continue Reading

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UK Greens threaten legal action over exclusion from TV debates

p Natalie BennettFrom the Guardian:

The major TV broadcasters faced a deluge of criticism and threats of legal action on Monday when they proposed to include Ukip [UK Independence Party], but not the Green party, in the planned TV leader debates in the general election next year…

 

The Green party says it is inexplicable for Ukip to be given a platform when it is the Greens who have had an MP for four years, and polled at a higher level for many years. The broadcasters point to the consistent high poll rating of Ukip, as well as its showing in the European elections. Continue Reading

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Canadian Green wins historic first seat in New Brunswick legislature

p david coonFrom CBC News:

David Coon stepped into the history books in Monday’s provincial election, winning the hotly contested Fredericton South riding and giving the Green Party its first-ever seat in the New Brunswick Legislature.

Coon won the four-way race with 31 per cent support, compared to 26 per cent for outgoing Energy Minister Craig Leonard of the Progressive Conservatives. Liberal Roy Wiggins finished third with about 22 per cent of the vote, while high-profile Liberal defector Kelly Lamrock, running for the NDP, was in fourth in the race at 20 per cent.

Coon, 58, is only the second Green Party candidate to win a seat in a provincial legislature in Canada. Andrew Weaver won a seat for the Greens in British Columbia in 2013.

“I think that in our riding, people voted for the person and voted for the principles of the Green Party that I stand for,” Coon said. Continue Reading

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UK Green Party rising in polls, attracting young voters

p caroline lucasThe Guardian reports on the recent UK Green Party conference:

Greens are in feisty mood, buoyed by a good showing in the recent European elections, when they received more than 1.2m votes. Leaders are seeking to reposition the party as a leftwing alternative to Labour, with far more than just their stalwart environmental policies: a higher minimum wage than Labour is advocating; a halt to the “creeping privatisation” of the NHS; and the scrapping of tuition fees, including retrospectively on fees already paid.

“We are the real opposition,” Caroline Lucas, the party’s only MP, will tell delegates on Saturday. She will barely mention the governing coalition, focusing instead on a fight against Labour. Continue Reading

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Green parties on both sides of Atlantic slam new trade deal

green party earthflowerConnor Beaton reports at The Targe:

Green parties on both sides of the Atlantic have issued a joint statement on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed free trade deal between the United States and European Union.

Spokespersons for the Green Party of England and Wales and Green Party of the US said the provisions of the deal would undermine democracy.

Andrew Cooper, who is standing in the European elections as a Green candidate for Yorkshire and the Humber, said the free trade agreement “will mean state elected representatives are in the back pocket of multinational companies. It will mean the corporate capture of democratic states.” Continue Reading

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UK Green Party gains ground in local elections across Britain

p UK Green Party logoFrom the UK Green Party:

The Green Party has gained 23 seats at the Local Elections as it continues to go from strength to strength. Greens are now installed as the official opposition in Liverpool and Solihull, Islington and Lewisham in London, and remain the official opposition in Norwich.

The 23 gains means the Green Party now have 162 councillors on 56 councils. The strong results saw Greens secure a presence on seven more councils (Epping Forest, Wirral, Worthing, Babergh, Islington, Lambeth, and Newcastle-under-Lyme).  Continue Reading

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Saturday: Chat live with Jill Stein and Green leaders from around the globe

From the Green Party of the United States:

p Jill SteinThis is exciting:

Tomorrow —  April 12 at 8:00 PM EST  — you can chat live with Jill Stein.

Jill will be talking with you, Elizabeth May, leader of the Canadian Green Party, Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Green Party, and hundreds of other Greens across the globe.

Each leader will take questions on how our respective Green parties are advocating for our vision in their countries and around the world.

The live chat — April 12 at 8:00 PM EST — is the launch of an exciting new event:

Be Green Globally
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Scottish Greens propose giving football fans first right to buy their clubs

p Alison JohnstoneFrom the Daily Record:

FOOTBALL fans could be given first right of refusal to buy their clubs under plans being put forward by the Scottish Greens.

Green Party sport spokeswoman Alison Johnstone said fans’ trusts were “most likely to be the most responsible and most successful owners for their clubs in the long term”.

She added that clubs such as footballing giants Bayern Munich in Germany showed how well fan ownership could work. Continue Reading

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European Green primary allows 16 year olds to vote

From the Economic Voice:

The Green Party has re-affirmed its commitment to giving the vote to anyone over the age of 16.

The Green Primary, a ground-breaking Europe-wide e-democracy project currently underway, offers anyone living in the European Union who is over the age of 16 the opportunity to vote for the two Green leading candidates for the 2014 European Elections.

The winners of the Green Primary will be in the running to become the next European Commission President. Continue Reading

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UPDATED: Canadian Green Party gains second Member of Parliament

UPDATED: Independent Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer has announced that he is joining the Green Party of Canada (story at CBC News).

Rumours are going around speculating that Independent Thunder Bay MP Bruce Hyer may be joining the Green Party of Canada as soon as this Friday!
English: Bruce Hyer, Canadian Member of Parlia...
This move would give the Canadian greens its second seat in the Canadian House of Commons after party leader Elizabeth May.

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