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Power up local communities to hit climate targets, urges Green New Deal report

Powering up local communities with cleaner community energy, local food supplies and strengthened public transport networks is essential if the UK is to hit its 2030 climate targets, according to a new report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Green New Deal, co-chaired by Green MP Caroline Lucas and Labour MP Clive Lewis. 

Response to the Energy Security Strategy

Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, has the following response to the launch of the Government’s Energy Security Strategy, out today: 


“This feels like we’re taking one very small step forward and several giant leaps back. This economically and environmentally illiterate Strategy proposes new North Sea oil & gas fields which do absolutely nothing to lower household bills, a review to lift the ban on climate-wrecking fracking, and a swathe of painfully slow to construct and vastly expensive nuclear reactors.

Letter to the Chancellor on Public Sector Net Investment

Dear Chancellor, 

We are writing to you ahead of next week’s Spring Statement to urge you to amend the 3% cap on Public Sector Net Investment (PSNI) included in the Charter for Budget Responsibility introduced to the House in the Autumn, and to introduce a windfall tax on the excess profits of oil and gas companies to both help struggling households and advance the transition to a zero emissions economy. 


Report on Downing Street parties during lockdown

The atmosphere at Westminster has been febrile over the past two weeks, waiting for the report by the senior civil servant Sue Gray into the parties that went on at Downing Street during Covid lockdowns. My most recent column in Metro set out why I think he should resign over the issue.


A happy new year to everyone. I hope many of you enjoyed a break and time with family and loved ones over Christmas and New Year, and managed to avoid catching Covid.  Sadly, I did not and have been unable to be in Parliament for the first two weeks as I self-isolated at home.

Covid, the Omicron variant and vaccine rollout


“I welcome the fact that Ministers have finally woken up to the fact that it was deeply unfair to expect leaseholders to pay tens of thousands of pounds because of the failings caused by weak regulation, often outsourced enforcement and a race to the bottom in building safety practices.  



Only a year ago, I was writing in my Christmas newsletter that 2020 had been the most extraordinary year for all of us.  I never imagined then that as 2021 draws to a close, we would be entering yet another phase of the Covid pandemic with the new Omicron variant, more necessary measures to keep people safe and the prospect of more heartache. But I know that the compassion and sense of community that people have shown over the past two years will pull us through the challenges that Covid continues to throw at us.


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