By Peter Cranie, Green Party health spokesperson

The resignation of Matt Hancock as health secretary has quite rightly given rise to calls for further scrutiny and several questions that require urgent answers.

From queries over Gina Coladangelo’s appointment as a non-executive director of the Department of Health and Social Care last year, to Hancock reportedly using his personal email for government business, there are clearly a number of unresolved issues that go right to the heart of how this government works.

And while for the good of our democracy it is essential we get to the bottom of these issues…

These are the big questions, and the government has the wrong answers

By Green peer Natalie Bennett

Four hundred thousand years ago, in the East African Rift Valley, human species faced a huge threat — massive ecological change. The very foundations of their world had shifted.

What those ancient humans — individuals like you and I — did was develop new skills, new technologies, and used their creativity to develop new forms of communications. They displayed the same potential that every human being has in them today, facing a similar situation.

We face a climate emergency, our state of nature is dire, our current growth-driven economic model has left us in crisis…

Today the House of Lords held its Budget debate. I’ve no doubt for almost all of the rest of the country that now feels like ancient history, but there is an advantage of perspective achieved nine days after delivery. The dust has settled and the overall picture is far clearer.

Top line in terms of projects and plans has to be how disastrously pathetic the layer of greenwash that covers this budget is, the subject my fellow Green peer Jenny Jones majored on. …

In order to limit air pollution to healthy levels there would need to be a radical overhaul in the transport sector. The Greens would revolutionise transport by ending the dependence on carbon, using clean energy alternatives and investing in public transport to get people out of cars and onto trains and buses. Three important Green Party areas of focus within clean air are:

The year the UK chairs the COP26 conference must be a year when the Chancellor finally rises to the scale of the challenge presented by the climate emergency. Covid gives us the platform for a real break in the destructive progress of our fossil-fuelled economy and the chance to invest in good, Green jobs right across the country.

We are in the middle of a climate emergency. We have to drive down emissions as quickly as possible if we are to have any hope of avoiding catastrophic climate change. …

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When Lehman Brothers went belly-up on September 15, 2008, the global financial system wobbled and there was a serious risk that the cash machines would stop working, UK and global government swung into action.

On October 8, the government announced a £500 billion rescue package. The previous day, October 7, it had announced a Banking Bill, that became the Banking Act the following March. The following year (2010) the European Union, hardly famed for quick action, announced a cap on bankers’ bonuses. …

Small businesses have been hit hardest in this pandemic. Let’s make sure we support them properly.

No one can deny that small businesses have been hit hard during the pandemic.

They’ve got to get the support they need to survive, and to thrive, after the crisis is over.

We’ve got a five point plan to help small businesses get through this. Here’s our plan for how to do it…

Ahead of the expected publication of the government’s long promised ten point plan on the environment, we’re setting out five tests for Boris Johnson to meet if the plans are to be welcomed as a serious response to the climate emergency.

“The promise of this ten-point plan represents an important change of emphasis by the government, but years of delay and blocking action means the government is still not on course to meet even its inadequate commitments. We are looking to the Prime Minister to demonstrate that he has grasped the urgency of tackling the climate emergency.

“Boris Johnson can’t…

Fires in the Arctic, Australia and the US.

Refugees in the channel.

Thousands sleeping rough on our streets.

A pandemic that has killed over a million people.

It’s easy to feel despair at the moment, but we wanted to look back at some of the reasons to be hopeful since COP25.

Let’s build on this momentum in the Countdown To COP26 next year…

As we head into a second lockdown in England, everyone deserves proper protection.

by Jonathan Bartley, co leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

The second lockdown is upon England, and the Government has extended the furlough for a few weeks on the day it was set to end. This is welcome. A lifeline to many as we descend deeper into crisis. But for millions who weren’t eligible in the first place, and for millions more struggling to make ends meet including those who have already lost their jobs, this is no help. Ultimately, furlough is a sticking plaster on a problem which needs corrective surgery. …

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