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Greens Polling at Highest Numbers Since 1989

August 10, 2014

*Greens steadily building on May 22 electoral successes
*Best ever performance in the Independent’s ‘poll of polls’
*Young Green membership surges in 2014

Ahead of the 2015 General Election, the Green Party is polling on 6.6% and neck and neck with the Liberal Democrats, the Coalition partners.

The Greens posted their best ever showing in the latest ‘poll of polls’ compiled by John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, for the Independent (1).

“Support for the Greens is steadily growing as the party benefits from the splintering of traditional political loyalties”, commented the national newspaper, which acknowledged that the Greens, “with only a fraction of the media attention paid to Ukip, have continued to build on their strong showing in May’s elections (2).”

Natalie Bennett, Green Party Leader, said:

“The fact that the Green Party are consistently polling at some of our best numbers since 1989 goes to show that our message of the need to reshape our politics and economy to work for the common good is really hitting home.

“It is our policies such as a wealth tax on the top 1%, making the minimum wage a Living Wage, renationalising our railways and having a publicly owned and run NHS that are both encouraging people to join as members and vote Green in growing numbers.

“Despite comparatively limited media attention, more and more people are recognising that only the Greens offer the real change that British politics and British society so desperately needs. They are rightly fed up with the three old, tired, business-as-usual parties.

“The Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Ukip receive much larger donations – which allows them to comfortably out-spend us on political advertising – but Greens up and down the country are working tirelessly to share Green values and policies with the people they do and will represent. It is these efforts that have us polling neck and neck with the Lib Dems, the Coalition partners.

“Our support amongst young people is surging; membership of the Young Greens has grown by 70% since March this year alone, with overall membership up 28% this year, and poll after poll puts Green party support among young people at over 15%, more than the Liberal Democrats and Ukip combined.”(3)

Further links/references:

(1) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/poll-of-polls-green-party-support-grows-as-voters-continue-to-abandon-lib-dems-9652413.html

(2) http://greenparty.org.uk/news/2014/05/26/european-elections-greens-gain-50-more-meps,-push-liberal-democrats-into-fifth-place/

(3) http://younggreens.org.uk/news/2014/08/06/the-young-greens’-letter-in-the-guardian-today/

New equality rights in workplace come into force

October 2, 2010

New rules aimed at banning discrimination by employers, covering areas such as age, disability and pay, have come into force across Britain.

The Equality Act covers many workplace areas and draws nine separate pieces of legislation into a single Act.

Equalities Minister Theresa May says it will now be easier for firms to comply with anti-discrimination rules.

However, some business groups argued the new legislation will impose a heavy burden on employers.

The new law applies in England, Wales and Scotland.

The new law restricts the circumstances in which employers can ask job applicants questions about disability or health prior to offering them a position, making it more difficult for disabled people to be unfairly screened out.

“In these challenging economic times it’s more important than ever for employers to make the most of all the talent available,” said Ms May.

There are also new powers for employment tribunals.

The Act will also stop employers using pay secrecy clauses to prevent employees discussing their own pay, which means men and women can compare pay.

But the Act will not make employers reveal how much they pay men compared with women, as had been planned by the Labour government.

Some campaigners argued that this revision undermined the new legislation.

“Rowing back on the requirement for big business to publish and take action on any differences in pay between men and women employees is tantamount to endorsing the shocking gender pay gap,” said Ceri Goddard, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, which campaigns for gender equality.

Business cost

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “Everyone is protected by the new law.

“It [the Act] covers age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex (meaning gender) and sexual orientation.

“Under the act people are not allowed to discriminate, harass or victimise another person because they belong to a group that the Act protects, they are thought to belong to one of those groups or are associated with someone who does.”

But some business groups argued that the new rules place an extra burden on companies at a time when they are still trying to recover from the recession.

“Businesses are really concerned,” Abigail Morris from the British Chambers of Commerce told the BBC.

“The government’s own impact assessment shows that this is going to cost £190m just for businesses to understand the legislation, and this at a time when we really need them to be concentrating on creating private sector jobs and driving economic recovery.”

During the summer there were some concerns about the new rules expressed by shipping companies.

Some claimed the laws could force them to quit the UK because they would have to pay UK rates to foreign-based seafarers who do not have the burden of British living costs.

Source – BBC

Vote Green for Young People and Education

April 27, 2010

The Green Party will fight for a fair deal for young people and their parents by investing in their future. We will pledge to double spending on youth services, spending an extra £1bn a year so that local councils can provide a variety of activities that give young people fun and affordable things to do.  Our plan to fund 2000 Young People’s Centres would create dedicated spaces for young people to meet and be creative. The centres would also offer access to information and specialist support for teenagers in difficulty.

The Green Party opposes City Academies and Trust Schools as we believe that schools should be governed in the interests of children and their parents, not through private indviduals or businesses.  We would recruit and retain more teachers by allowing them greater freedom and, to remove one of the main reasons teachers leave teaching, ensure their paperwork is greatly reduced.

We take the views of young people seriously and champion the expansion of school councils and what they are able to do.  Jonathan Hornett, Wellingborough Parliamentary Candidate and School Governor states “Both of my schools both have very active school councils and this gives all the children a say in the direction of the schools, which helps the schools and the children to create better learning environments which benefits all that have connections to the schools.”

Many local children do come from deprived backgrounds and this is why we believe that education needs to be free and why we want to provide free schools meals too.  Every young person under the age of 18, and in full time education would also be entitled to off-peak free bus fares.  All children, even those with disabilities and special educational needs, will be given the opportunity to attend their local school, which will provide diverse support for people with special needs.

We’re in favour of the voting age going down to 16 – if you can drive a motor bike, marry and work, thus pay tax; why should you not have the opportunity to decide on your future.

Our position on tuition fees and student loans means that under Green Party policy, students will not have to pay tuition fees. The Green Party supports grants not loans, providing a basic income sufficient for needs while in full time education.