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Article 50 court ruling: this is what ‘taking back control’ really means

Like all true democrats, I warmly welcome today’s High Court ruling that Parliament alone has the power to trigger the so-called Article 50 process for leaving the European Union. Put simply, the Court’s ruling is a common sense victory for parliamentary democracy. During the referendum campaign, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and David Davis presented themselves as defenders of that parliamentary democracy. They cannot now protest when our judges agree with them.

Fifteen minute delay compensation a small relief for passengers

Caroline has welcomed a Government announcement [1] which will mean long-suffering passengers on Southern Rail are able to claim compensation for delays of 15 minutes and longer. The change in the 'delay repay' scheme comes after months of pressure on the issue from Lucas and others.[2] She has, however, called the 25% compensation rate for fifteen minute delays 'measly'. 

MPs table motion to oppose ‘crippling tax hike’ for schools and businesses with rooftop solar

Caroline has tabled a motion in Parliament today [Tuesday 11th October] calling on Ministers to reverse a decision to hike taxes for businesses, schools and community groups who are generating their own solar power. [1]

SNP, Plaid and the Green Party join forces to resist Tories' ‘toxic politics’

Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley, the co-leaders of the Green Party - and their counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales - have joined forces with Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru to call for progressive parties to work together to resist the ‘Tories' toxic politics’.

Theresa May launches a ‘review’. But is it just another fig leaf?

On Saturday, we learnt that prime minister Theresa May has appointed Matthew Taylor – former head of Tony Blair’s Policy Unit and current chief executive of the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) think tank – to conduct a review of the employment practices used by firms in the so-called ‘gig economy’, such as Uber, Deliveroo and Hermes, to evade their legal obligations as employers.

Blog: The NHS’ Sustainability and Transformation Plans

Many people have been in touch with me recently with concerns about the NHS’ Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). I share these concerns and have been pushing for full public consultation, as well as making my opposition to any service cuts clear.  I have been asking questions in Parliament about this issue, as well as pushing for information and clarity on what this process will mean for our local services on the ground.

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