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My promise to Brighton Pavilion

In less than six weeks time people will go to the polls again, and choose the MPs to represent them in these turbulent times. I’m proud to be re-standing to represent Brighton Pavilion. 

My promise to this city remains the same: I will always put you first. Whether it’s campaigning for Britain to remain as close to the European Union as possible (and immediately guaranteeing the rights of EU nationals here), pushing for urgent solutions to the housing crisis, fighting for our NHS or defending our schools from funding cuts – I’ll keep standing up for Brighton.

Brighton and Hove Albion are promoted!

Caroline has reacted to Brighton's almost certain promotion to the Premier League. 

She said: 

"This is absolutely fantastic news which has brought the whole city together.

I pay tribute to everyone who’s worked so hard for this amazing result, not only the wonderful team and management, but people who have kept the faith for so many years, from Dick Knight to Tony Bloom. 

Now’s our chance to show to all of the big Premier League clubs what a great city Brighton is in so many ways.   Maybe we can even do a Leicester!"

Caroline responds to attacks in London

Statement from Caroline Lucas on today's events

Caroline Lucas, the co-leader of the Green Party, has responded to today's attack in Westminster. 

She said:

"Our thoughts go out to all those affected by today's attacks and we send deep thanks to the public servants who responded so quickly, bravely, and with care to treat the injured and minimise the number of casualties. We pay tribute to the lives that were so sadly lost and in particular to the police officer who died in the line of duty - we are truly in his debt.

#IWD: Our strength when we work together should not be be underestimated

This year’s International Womens Day takes place in the context of some major setbacks. With an openly sexist man being elected into the White House and Britain leaving the many protections the EU has to offer women (after a campaign dominated by men on both sides), much of what we’ve fought for feels likes it’s at risk. There’s never been such an important time to be bold for the changes we require.

Caroline Lucas’ plea to Chancellor: Deliver a budget that works for our city

Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, has called on the Chancellors to ‘deliver a budget that works for Brighton & Hove’.

Lucas hand delivered a letter [1] to the Treasury this week calling on the Government to commit to protecting Brighton & Hove’s health and social care services, deliver support for businesses facing rate hikes, invest in the Brighton Mainline and create a Living Rent Commission. 

In the letter Lucas detailed some of the cuts faced to the health services in Brighton & Hove, including:

Brighton and Hove's economy risks being decimated by business rate changes

As a proud Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) champion, standing up for our city’s many and diverse small and micro businesses is a vital part of my work as an MP. That’s why I’ve repeatedly campaigned for concrete measures to support the businesses that are such a vital and vibrant part of Brighton and Hove’s economy. It’s no exaggeration to say that economy could be decimated as a result of proposed changes to business rates, with streets such as London Road, Lewes Road and North Laine particularly hard hit because they are home to large numbers of independent retailers.

UK Environment faces a ‘cocktail of threats’ from Brexit

  • Key environmental rules could become ‘unenforceable’
  • Desperation for trade deal with the US risks ‘chlorine chickens’ and ‘hormone beef’ coming to UK market
  • Lucas: we urgently need a ‘green guarantee’ from the Government to ensure our environment is protected
  • Over 1100 EU environmental laws need to be transposed in UK law

A new report by Caroline has highligh

Caroline Lucas: Greens can take credit for defeating regressive alliance

Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party, has responded to the Liberal Democrat victory in the Richmond Park by election. Her party chose to stand aside to increase the chances of beating Zac Goldsmith. At the last election the Green Party recieved 3,548 votes, 6% of the total. This morning Goldsmith lost by 1,872 votes.

Minimum wage enforcement: ministers making a mockery of ‘naming & shaming’ scheme

While this week’s Autumn Statement disappointed - with a lower than previously forecast increase in the so-called ‘national living wage’, there was better news on NMW enforcement, with chancellor Phillip Hammond announcing an additional £4.3m in 2017/18 to “help small businesses to understand the rules” and “crack down on employers who are breaking the law by not paying the minimum wage”.


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