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Wednesday, 12th Apr 2017

Bristol's Green MEP demands government disclose studies of hard Brexit

As Green Party spokesperson for EU relations and South West MEP, Molly is today demanding the government urgency disclose the results of ‘secret studies’ into the potential impacts of a hard Brexit. Writing to David Davis MP, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, she calls for him to make public the results of any studies carried out by the government.

The call comes as leaked documents from a Department of Health study this week reveal that under a hard Brexit scenario – of leaving the single market and customs union and ending freedom of movement – the NHS could be short of 40,000 nurses by 2026. In the letter, Dr Scott Cato asks Mr Davis to make public their scenario planning in areas including the economic impacts of leaving the single market; of ending freedom of movement; and of reducing environmental regulations. She also asks if there have been any studies on the impacts on farmers and rural communities that she represents in the South West. Dr Scott Cato said:

“People have a right to know and want to know about the government’s plans post-Brexit and the potential impacts of these plans. The slogan ‘take back control’ is still ringing in our ears. This requires nothing less than full transparency and decisions made by our elected representatives, not hidden documents and legislation by a secret cabal. Now more than ever, we need confidence in our long-term planning and this can only be achieved through open, transparent decision-making.

“If we face a future where we cannot staff our hospitals and care homes; where crops are left to rot in fields because there is no one to harvest them, we deserve to know as a matter of urgency. 

“This failure to disclose the results of impact studies reveals a government running scared of its own extreme form of Brexit. Either that, or having successfully engineered a power grab, the Tory right is keeping the dire consequences of leaving the EU under wraps, in case people themselves, armed with that knowledge, demand to take back control of the Brexit process.

“It is because of the lack of transparency over Brexit and uncertainty of what lies ahead that Greens are calling for a ratification referendum at the end of the Article 50 process: a chance to vote on the deal agreed between the UK and the EU”.

Hinkley risky and expensive says National Audit Office

Hinkley ‘risky and expensive’ says National Audit Office

Responding to today’s report from the National Audit Office that says the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s deal for Hinkley Point C has locked consumers into a risky and expensive project with uncertain strategic and economic benefits, Molly, who is MEP for the region in which the nuclear power station is to be built, said: “The NAO report confirms what critics have been saying about Hinkley for years. The whole project has been ideologically driven and is economically illiterate. With the price of renewables falling rapidly the deal can no longer pass the government’s own value-for-money test and will burden a generation of consumers and businesses with excessive electricity prices. The Green Party stands by our manifesto commitment to cancel this risky and uneconomic project.

Job Bristols Green MEP recruiting Brussels Assistant with focus on agriculture

Job: Bristol's Green MEP recruiting Brussels Assistant with focus on agriculture

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, is recruiting an Assistant to be based in her Brussels office to have a particular focus on agriculture.

Letter A democratic Brexit can only be achieved with crossparty consensus

Letter: A democratic Brexit can only be achieved with cross-party consensus

Writing in the Guardian, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, said, "If the general election really was about Brexit it is depressing that 84% of voters voted for the impossible. Labour has followed the Tories to the Mad Hatter’s tea party where they squabble over the single market but all hope to have their cake and eat it."

On National Clean Air Day Greens eagerly await Mayors progress report

On National Clean Air Day, Greens eagerly await Mayor’s progress report

Green councillors in Bristol today welcome the UK’s first ever National Clean Air Day. It is vital to recognise the importance of clean, breathable air to everyone’s health and wellbeing - air pollution is rapidly becoming known as a silent killer.

Bristols Green MEP challenges Gove over climate targets

Bristol's Green MEP challenges Gove over climate targets

Molly Scott Cato has challenged the new Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, to match or better binding EU targets for tackling climate change once the UK leaves the EU

Ending freedom of movement could result in meltdown of health care

Ending freedom of movement could result in ‘meltdown’ of health care

Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's Green MEP has said Conservative and Labour plans to end free movement will leave the country struggling to fill places in the HNS and care sectors.

Green Group Leader If youre not happy with Council cuts tell the Labour administration

Green Group Leader: If you’re not happy with Council cuts, tell the Labour administration

Councillor Eleanor Combley, Leader of the Green Group on Bristol City Council, has urged as many people as possible to get involved and have their say in response to the council’s Your Neighbourhood consultation, launched this week.

Green candidate for Bristol West says Party are in this for the longhaul

Green candidate for Bristol West says Party are ‘in this for the long-haul’

Molly Scott Cato MEP has acknowledged she is ‘gutted’ after a disappointing result in Bristol West, a key target for the Green Party. Responding to the result, Molly Scott Cato said: “I’m feeling pretty gutted but so proud of the campaign we ran."

Bristol West Green candidate responds to Daily Mail endorsement

Bristol West Green candidate responds to Daily Mail endorsement

Bristol West Green candidate responds to Daily Mail endorsement

Molly Scott Cato leads canvassing visit to local pubs

Molly Scott Cato leads canvassing visit to local pubs

Three of the Green Party’s most formidable female politicians will be touring Bristol West pubs this afternoon to chat to punters [1]. Molly Scott Cato MEP, the candidate for Bristol West, will be joined by her German MEP colleague, Terri Reintke, and Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Amelia Womack, to visit pubs and talk politics.

Molly Scott Cato joins community campaign against digital billboards

Molly Scott Cato joins community campaign against digital billboards

Molly Scott Cato has joined the chorus of objections to a digital illuminated advertising board, following a visit to the proposed site in St Werburghs. The giant screen would measure 7.5 metres tall by 5 metres wide and would overlook the inbound M32 and junction 3.

Labours full speed ahead approach to HS2 detracts from necessary local rail revolution

Labour's 'full speed ahead' approach to HS2 detracts from necessary 'local rail revolution'

Molly Scott Cato, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, has welcomed plans by Labour to restrict rail fare rises but accuses Labour of ‘tunnel vision’ over their continuing support for HS2

Molly Scott Cato Trump is waging war on the environment

Molly Scott Cato: Trump is waging war on the environment

Responding to Trump's decision to yank America out of the Paris Agreement, Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the South West and the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, said: "Trump has just confirmed his intention to wage war on the environment. Ejecting the US from the Paris Agreement is an assault on scientific evidence and a confrontation with businesses and the US and global economy; one that is marching rapidly towards decarbonisation. This decision attempts to take the US back to a by-gone era where fossil fuels ruled, just at a time when we are at the dawn of a green energy revolution.

Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall backs Molly Scott Cato for Bristol West

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall backs Molly Scott Cato for Bristol West

Bristol Green Party is delighted to announce that the Bristol-based award-winning broadcaster, chef, environmental campaigner, and journalist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be voting for Molly Scott Cato in Bristol West.

Molly Scott Cato wins the backing of George Monbiot for Bristol West seat

Molly Scott Cato wins the backing of George Monbiot for Bristol West seat

Bristol Green Party is delighted to announce that award-winning environmental campaigner, journalist and author George Monbiot has thrown his support behind Molly Scott Cato, the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Bristol West.

New rules for finance industry sign of political amnesia says Molly Scott Cato

New rules for finance industry sign of political amnesia says Molly Scott Cato

On Tuesday night (30 May), the European Parliament and Council of ministers agreed on new legislation designed to resuscitate the market for "securitisation" - one of the key causes of the financial crisis that began 10 years ago and that Europe has yet to fully recover from.

Molly Scott Cato welcomes air pollution court case

Molly Scott Cato welcomes air pollution court case

Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West and the Green Party's parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, is welcoming the latest court action gainst the government over its repeated air pollution failures.

Green Party launches BME manifesto to tackle racism and discrimination

Green Party launches BME manifesto to tackle racism and discrimination

The flickering embers of racism and hatred being fanned across the globe must not be allowed to burst into flames of racial and religious intolerance, the Green Party said today (Wednesday 31 May) as it published its manifesto for Black Asian Minority Ethnic communities in the UK.

Are you with us or against us Greens lay down NHS challenge to Labour

"Are you with us or against us?" Greens lay down NHS challenge to Labour

Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the South West and the Green Party's candidate for Bristol West, has laid down the challenge to Labour's candidate to back the NHS Reinstatement Bill, ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's visit to the city on Wednesday.

Green and Labour candidates agree to work together in Bristol North West

Green and Labour candidates agree to work together in Bristol North West

After several weeks of discussion between the two candidates, agreement has been reached on working together in Bristol North West as part of the General Election campaign. This ground-breaking agreement, unique in Bristol political history, increases the prospect of electing a progressive pro-European, pro-electoral reform MP for Bristol North West.

UK Governments feeble air quality plan set to cost thousands of lives says new report

UK Government's 'feeble' air quality plan set to cost thousands of lives, says new report

Government proposals could lead to more than 700 lives in Bristol and more than 50,000 lives in London being cut unnecessarily short •Molly Scott Cato: ‘Conservatives’ consistent failure to take any action over this crisis is truly shameful’ • Draft Air Quality plan fails to commit to diesel scrappage scheme or new Clean Air Zones •Green MEPs’ report focuses on impacts on Brighton and Hove, Bristol, London and Oxford

Student loans condemn young people to a life in debt

Student loans condemn young people to a life in debt

Molly will today launch a new report detailing the burden of student debt and how this has increased gradually under all three main Westminster parties. The report also highlights how student loans are exacerbating the generation divide because the debt load is being used to secure the private pensions of the elderly, many of whom previously benefited from free higher education.

Campaigning Suspended following Manchester attack

Campaigning Suspended following Manchester attack

Following the horrific attack in Manchester, the Bristol Green Party has suspended all election campaigning until further notice

Bristol West hustings and upcoming events

Bristol West hustings and upcoming events:

An up-dated list of hustings and upcoming events in Bristol West

Greens act to protect our trees from Labours cuts

Greens act to protect our trees from Labour's cuts

Greens act to protect our trees from Labour's cuts

Bristols Molly Scott Cato responds to Green Guarantee launch

Bristol's Molly Scott Cato responds to 'Green Guarantee' launch

The Green Party today launched their ‘Green Guarantee’, a set of key priorities for Green MPs who are elected to Parliament on June 8th.

Bristol University research busts Grammar School social mobility myth

Bristol University research busts Grammar School 'social mobility' myth

Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the South West, has slammed Theresa May's proposals to bring back Grammar Schools as a new study by the University of Bristol exposes the much-touted 'social mobility' myth.

Letter Grammar schools dont boost social mobility

Letter: Grammar schools don't boost social mobility.

In a letter to the Bristol Post, Molly Scott Cato MEP, highlights new research from Bristol University that shows that Grammar schools don't boost social mobility.

Molly Scott Cato joins March for Education in Bristol

Molly Scott Cato joins March for Education in Bristol

Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the South West and the Green Party candidate for Bristol West, joined over 5,000 protesters on College Green on Saturday at a rally to defend education in the face of £33m cuts to the city's schools

Greens launch new strategy for addressing Bristols housing crisis

Greens launch new strategy for addressing Bristol’s housing crisis

Greens today unveiled a new strategy for tackling Bristol’s housing crisis; one they say contains the ‘building blocks for a housing revolution’ in the city. Molly Scott Cato, Green Party candidate for Bristol West, and Tony Dyer, candidate in Bristol South, will launch the new housing strategy this Friday at HAB Housing in Bristol, the firm of architects set up by TV celebrity architect Kevin McCloud.

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