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The Hippodrome

Last week rumours broke that the Hippodrome has been purchased by a developer who intends to turn it into a luxury hotel. Such a move would be a real tragedy, if it meant that it destroyed any hope of returning this amazing venue back to its former glory. 

Tories showing 'contempt for democracy' as they avoid vote on Universal Credit

Caroline has said that the Government is showing a 'contempt for democracy' as rumours [1] suggest they will attempt to avoid a vote on a parliamentary motion on Universal Credit today. 
 
Caroline, who used a point of order [2] in the House of Commons to raise the issue earlier today, said that ministers are

Government set to ‘imminently’ decide on fracking in North Yorkshire

*Minister confirms to Caroline Lucas that an application on fracking in Ryedale is currently with the Government
 
The Government has confirmed that it has received an application for hydraulic fracturing consent for Third Energy’s wellsite in North Yorkshire – and a decision is set to be made imminently.

Statement on Catalonia

The Green Party has responded to the situation in Catalonia where police used violence against voters casting ballots in a referendum on independence.

Jonathan Bartley and Caroline Lucas, co-leaders of the Green Party, said: 

“The horrifying police violence in Catalonia is a shameful stain on Rajoy’s government.  The people of Catalonia must be able to peacefully assert their wishes for their future without being subjected to repression and attacks.

Animal Protection must be looked at in Brexit process

Caroline has written to environment secretary Michael Gove to ask him to take action on banning live animal exports and to adopt her amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill on animal protection.

With the EU underwriting much of Britain's animal protections, Caroline wants to ensure that we improve animal welfare over the next few years, rather than run the risk of watering down regulations. 

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