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Thursday, 11th Jan 2018

"The Tories plans are a tiny drop in a plastic filled ocean" says Bristol's Green MEP

Responding to Theresa May’s speech on the environment, and the government's 25-year plan, Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato said:

“The Tories plans are a tiny drop in a plastic-filled ocean. Of course, action to reduce plastic waste is welcome, but this provides a useful diversion from the many government policies that are trashing the environment. In particular the £5bn in subsidies to fossil fuels since 2010 and kick-starting a whole new fossil industry in fracking.

“I am tired of the Tories putting on environmental clothes to counter their nasty party image. They pick some low-hanging fruit – measures which are easy and popular such as a ban on the ivory trade and banning bee-killing pesticides – while continuing to spend billions on more roads and expanding airports.

“Theresa May’s speech confirms that the Tories have trouble seeing the wood for the trees. What we need is systemic changes and an Environment Act that provides legally enforceable timelines and milestones. Instead, we get more greenwash to appease the Daily Mail. Fundamentally, we need to shift the focus of the economy away from endless growth and pointless consumption towards ensuring everybody has a decent, happy and meaningful life.

“To push for the bold green changes we need, rather than the insipid hint of green offered by the Tories today, requires greater Green representation at Westminster. In that sense perhaps the greenest move of all would be to reform our archaic voting system; to introduce a fair proportional system that would enable more green MPs to be elected to support and build on the excellent work of Caroline Lucas.”

Did LeaveEU take data from Bristol companies

Did Leave.EU take data from Bristol companies?

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has today written to Avon and Somerset Police to ask if the force is investigating new evidence that Bristol companies GoSkippy and Eldon Insurance allegedly shared data illegally with Leave.EU.

Green councillors stand with Friends of Redland Library against closure

Green councillors stand with Friends of Redland Library against closure

At a meeting of Friends of Redland Library last week, Green councillors Carla Denyer and Clive Stevens were amongst the speakers updating residents about the progress of the campaign to save Bristol’s libraries.

Brexit update from Bristols Green MEP

Brexit update from Bristol's Green MEP

An update from Molly Scott Cato, Bristol's Green MEP and the national EU spokesperson

Keeping Bristols parks adfree

Keeping Bristol’s parks ad-free

At a council meeting on March 20 Bristol Council debated a petition to ‘Keep our parks advertising free’, in response to the Labour administration’s proposals to introduce commercial advertising to Bristol's parks and green spaces. Green Cllr Steve Clarke spoke in response.

Bristol Uni announces it will become fossil free

Bristol Uni announces it will become fossil free

The University of Bristol, after extensive talks, announced today that it will withdraw all £700,000 of its investment from the fossil fuel industry. Moving from partial to full divestment is a big step forward for the university, with plans being put in place to ditch all fossil fuel companies from its investment portfolio over the next couple of years.

Council votes for Temple Meads arena location after Green motion

Council votes for Temple Meads arena location after Green motion

Over five thousand people have now signed a petition calling for the Mayor to support a Bristol arena at Temple Meads. Green councillors brought the matter to a vote with a motion to Full Council.

Its time for a drug consumption room in Bristol

It’s time for a drug consumption room in Bristol

Green Councillor Cleo Lake is calling for Bristol to launch a drug consumption room to give drug users a safer space with access to needles and specialist support.

Bristols Three ProEU MEPs release joint statement on Russian poison attack

Bristol's Three Pro-EU MEPs release joint statement on Russian poison attack

“In a difficult week for pro-EU MEPs, when we debated the next stage of the leaving process, it was heartening to feel the warmth and generosity of our European colleagues in solidarity with the UK in the face of Russian aggression."

Greens bring vote on Arena location to Council meeting

Greens bring vote on Arena location to Council meeting

Green Councillors have secured a Council debate and vote on the location of Bristol’s arena at next Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Bristols next Lord Mayor announced as Green Councillor Cleo Lake

Bristol’s next Lord Mayor announced as Green Councillor Cleo Lake

Green Councillors have announced their candidate for Lord Mayor as Cotham Councillor, Cleo Lake

Clean Air Action Plan proposed after years of Green campaigning

Clean Air Action Plan proposed after years of Green campaigning

At Bristol Council today, the Cabinet approved the development of a Clean Air Action Plan to tackle the illegal levels of air pollution in the city, which has been estimated to contribute to over 300 premature deaths per year.

High Court refuses MEPs Brexit case

High Court refuses MEP's Brexit case

High Court refuses to force government’s hand over Brexit impact studies

Bristols MEP is today in High Court over Brexit court action

Bristol's MEP is today in High Court over Brexit court action

The High Court will this morning hear an oral application for permission to apply for judicial review to compel the production, in public, of the studies the government continues to withhold on the economic impacts of Brexit.

Green Group leader lobbies Treasury for end to local government cuts

Green Group leader lobbies Treasury for end to local government cuts

Green Group leader Eleanor Combley today travelled to London to hand in a letter to the Treasury calling for an end to cuts to local government funding.

Greens refuse to vote for Labours cuts budget

Greens refuse to vote for Labour’s cuts budget

At today’s budget Full Council meeting in Bristol City Hall, the city’s Green Councillors have refused to vote for the Labour Mayor’s austerity budget that proposed cuts of £34 million across Bristol, including library and public toilet closures and a large funding cut to Adult Social Care.

Raft of Green amendments passes at Budget Full Council

Raft of Green amendments passes at Budget Full Council

Bristol’s Green Councillors are celebrating today as all but one of their budget amendments at today’s Budget Full Council were passed.

Plot to ditch EU food standards threatens South West producers

Plot to ditch EU food standards threatens South West producers

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has warned of a plot by leading rightwing Brexiteers to ditch EU food and safety standards that would allow the import of US meats, drugs and chemicals currently banned in Britain.

New report on Britains broken housing market  lessons from other EU Countries

New report on ‘Britain’s broken housing market’ & lessons from other EU Countries

Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, has launched a report she commissioned on the UK’s housing crisis.

Opinion Blue sky thinking not allowed  frustrations of Bristol City Councils budget

Opinion: Blue sky thinking not allowed – frustrations of Bristol City Council’s budget

Green councillor for Clifton Down Carla Denyer writes for Bristol 24/7 on the restrictions surrounding the budget process at the council, which she says "makes long-term thinking impossible."

Build childrens homes instead of sending children across the country

“Build children’s homes instead of sending children across the country”

Green Councillor Eleanor Combley has submitted an amendment to the Council’s budget, calling for two specialist children’s homes to be acquired for children with complex needs. Councillor Combley said: “Bristol’s current children’s homes are too large and unspecialised for children with complex social, emotional or mental health needs, so these children are often sent to homes far from the Bristol area. We know that for most children in care it is better to be closer to home, near their family and communities and where they can be supported by local social workers. In Bristol 1 in 10 children in care are placed more than 20 miles from their home.”

Green councillor welcomes additional landlord licensing proposal

Green councillor welcomes additional landlord licensing proposal

Below is a response from Clifton Down councillor Carla Denyer to the consultation on landlord licensing launched by Bristol City Council today (16 Feb. 18).

Greens offer budget alternatives after lack of practical or moral leadership from Mayor

Greens offer budget alternatives after lack of "practical or moral leadership” from Mayor

In response to a lack of practical or moral leadership coming from the Labour Mayor’s Office, Bristol Green Party Councillors have today set out a series of suggested positive and progressive alternatives to the council’s annual budgetary hand-wringing process.

20mph proven to be safer in Bristol

20mph proven to be safer in Bristol

An authoritative report produced by the University of the West of England and commissioned by Bristol City Council has demonstrated the safety of the city-wide 20mph zone. Greens are demanding that this should put to bed the debate about the impact of such limits.

Green amendment calls for property developers to fund homelessness prevention

Green amendment calls for property developers to fund homelessness prevention

At next week’s budget meeting at Bristol City Council, Green Councillor Carla Denyer will call on the Labour administration to increase emergency funding for some of the most vulnerable people in Bristol, and pay for it by raising charges on private property developments which block roads.

Brexit update from Bristols Green MEP

Brexit update from Bristol's Green MEP

A summary of the latest Brexit news from Bristol's Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato

Dont repeat the mistakes of the past Bundred report one year on

“Don’t repeat the mistakes of the past”– Bundred report one year on

12 months ago the damning ‘Bundred Report’ revealed financial chaos, collective failure of leadership and poor management at the Council. A year on, Green Councillors have written an open letter to the Mayor saying more still needs to be done if the Council is not to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Councillors should give up parking perks to keep our parks adfree

Councillors should give up parking perks to keep our parks ad-free

Green councillor, Eleanor Combley, is calling on colleagues from all parties to give up their free parking spaces at next week's budget meeting, saying the money saved could be used to protect our parks instead.

Bristols MEP exposes the unholy alliance of Bad Boys behind Brexit

Bristol's MEP exposes the unholy alliance of ‘Bad Boys’ behind Brexit

Bristol's Green MEP Molly is today launching a website to expose the ‘unholy alliance’ of men behind the campaign to leave the EU. The ‘Bad Boys of Brexit’ website contains details of the coalition of ‘far-right ideologues, climate change deniers, tax-dodging foreign billionaires and specialists in voter manipulation’ who successfully persuaded a majority of the public to vote to leave the EU.

How many times will the police get away with misusing tasers

How many times will the police get away with misusing tasers?

Green Party Councillors have responded with shock and dismay to the news that a man with autism was tasered by police in Bristol. The man was charged with assault, before the case collapsed after his mother submitted CCTV evidence which called into question the police officers’ account of the incident.

Green Group leader responds to increase in rough sleeping figures

Green Group leader responds to increase in rough sleeping figures

This year government estimates of rough sleeper numbers rose for the seventh consecutive year. Councillor Eleanor Combley responded to the situation in Bristol.

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