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Covid-19 Update (14 Jun 2021)

Caroline Lucas: Does the Secretary of State feel any shame that the reason we need to delay the easing of restrictions is entirely down to the incompetence of his Government—not only the three-week delay in putting India on the red list, but the utter failure to supress the virus through basic infection control, tracing and effective isolation? This is the fourth time the Government have let the virus...

Covid-19 Update (14 Jun 2021)

Caroline Lucas: indicated dissent.

Covid-19 Update (7 Jun 2021)

Caroline Lucas: The Government’s former chief scientific adviser and the chair of Independent SAGE, Sir David King, warned today that current covid figures are “evidence of another wave appearing”, while the Office for National Statistics estimates a 76% increase in cases in England in the week ending 29 May. Given that the delta variant is more transmissible, has a higher risk of hospitalisation and...

Covid-19: Government Handling and Preparedness (27 May 2021)

Caroline Lucas: The families of the bereaved deserve better than the grotesque pantomime of the Cummings evidence session yesterday. At the very least, they deserve the publication of the internal lessons learned review. A constituent of mine whose father died from covid acquired in hospital wrote to me to say that the refusal to release it is “an insult to bereaved family members, who, in the midst of our...

Environment Bill: New Clause 21 - Habitats Regulations: power to amend general duties (26 May 2021)

Caroline Lucas: I am pleased to speak in this vital debate. Given the short time that we have, I shall focus on new clauses 21 and 22, two wide-ranging new clauses tabled by the Government, and my amendments (a) and (b), which I plan to press to a Division. These new clauses would give the Secretary of State the power to amend the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. These are critical...

Finance Bill: New Clause 2 - Fiscal and economic impact of 2% non-resident surcharge (24 May 2021)

Caroline Lucas: I am grateful, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to speak in this debate. There are many amendments in this group to commend, and they have been powerfully set out by colleagues who have spoken before me, most recently the hon. Member for Hackney South and Shoreditch (Meg Hillier), but I want focus on new clause 21, which would require the Chancellor of the Exchequer to review the...

Israel and Gaza: Ceasefire (19 May 2021)

Caroline Lucas: There are many underlying reasons for this most intractable of conflicts, most notably 54 years of occupation of Palestine and 14 years of the blockade of the Gaza Strip, but the most recent violence and devastating damage and loss of life has been inflamed by Israeli violations of the fourth Geneva convention in occupied east Jerusalem and the rest of the west bank. While I welcome the...

Covid-19 Update (17 May 2021)

Caroline Lucas: Given that the so-called Indian variant is now a variant of concern and is linked to several outbreaks in schools, why have the Government just abandoned the requirement to wear face masks in secondary school classrooms? The Secretary of State is fond of claiming that he is following the science, but this flies in the face of scientific advice from SAGE, public health experts and teaching...

Covid-19 Update (17 May 2021)

Caroline Lucas: indicated dissent.

Debate on the Address: Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work (12 May 2021)

Caroline Lucas: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. This was the first Queen’s Speech of this decade, but also the last one ahead of the UK-hosted COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. So it was a vital moment to set out a bold, ambitious plan for a greener, fairer future, in which we can all thrive; to redesign the economy so that its express purpose is delivering the wellbeing of people and the planet; and to...

Ministerial Code (26 Apr 2021)

Caroline Lucas: Contrary to what one Minister said at the weekend, concerns about the Prime Minister and the ministerial code are not “tittle-tattle”. People care deeply about this, which is why Peter Stefanovic’s video on the Prime Minister’s relationship with the truth has been viewed nearly 13 million times on social media. If the ministerial code says that any “inadvertent error” should be...

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (12 Apr 2021)

Caroline Lucas: On behalf of my party, the Green party of England and Wales, I would like to join Members from across the House in paying tribute to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and in expressing my deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen at this very sad and difficult time. While this is a key moment for the life of the country, first and foremost it is a deeply personal one for the...

Prime Minister: Engagements (17 Mar 2021)

Caroline Lucas: The creation of a no-protest zone around Parliament, a 266% increase from a maximum of three months to 11 months’ imprisonment for protest organisers, a direct attack on the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, up to 10 years in prison for any offence committed by destroying or damaging a memorial, and criminalising people for taking part in protests where they ought to have known police...

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: [2nd Allotted Day] (16 Mar 2021)

Caroline Lucas: This Bill is a disgrace. It is dangerous, undemocratic and disproportionate. It is dangerous, because it is trying to neuter protests and undermine our most precious rights, including freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and the right to peaceful protest. The Government are seeking to impose far-reaching conditions that would have the effect of shielding those in power from criticism....

Integrated Review (16 Mar 2021)

Caroline Lucas: Given that the Prime Minister said the climate crisis is his No. 1 international priority, it is disappointing that there is a climate-shaped hole at the heart of the Prime Minister’s review, with resources dangerously diverted to nuclear weapons. Earlier today, the Foreign Secretary justified breaking our nuclear non-proliferation treaty obligations on the grounds that nuclear weapons are...

Policing and Prevention of Violence against Women (15 Mar 2021)

Caroline Lucas: I join others in extending my condolences to Sarah Everard’s family and to the families of Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman and countless others who have lost their lives because of male violence. I acknowledge the particular policing challenges at a time of covid restrictions, but the Met is still obliged to follow the Human Rights Act and execute its powers proportionately and only when...

Cop26 (10 Mar 2021)

Caroline Lucas: I am delighted to follow the hon. Member for Harwich and North Essex (Sir Bernard Jenkin), all the more so because I think he just said he supported the proposal for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty—a new commitment to leave fossil fuels in the ground. If I heard him right, I would be delighted to work with him to help to achieve that. COP26 is arguably the most crucial global summit...

Covid-19: Government’s Publication of Contracts (9 Mar 2021)

Caroline Lucas: On 22 February, the Prime Minister answered my question about unpublished covid contracts by claiming: “As for the contracts…all the details are on the record”—[Official Report, 22 February 2021; Vol. 689, c. 634.] Two days later, when the Minister was dragged to the Chamber, he did not tell us about the 100 contracts that were still not on the record. We had to wait for the High...

Income Tax (Charge) (3 Mar 2021)

Caroline Lucas: This is the last Budget before the UK hosts the COP26 climate summit in November, before it presides over the G7 and before it takes part in the global biodiversity summit. In that context, the Chancellor should have embraced the enormous potential for a fair and green recovery, to create hundreds of thousands of jobs and to shift our economy on to new sustainable foundations. Climate...

Environmental Audit Committee (25 Feb 2021)

Caroline Lucas: I thank the Chair of our Committee and agree with all that he has said. Does he agree that there is real urgency for the carbon intensity of the Bank of England’s corporate bond portfolio to be cut and aligned with the Paris agreement? Analysis by the Bank itself shows that the portfolio is in step with a catastrophic 3.5° temperature rise, and this is clearly untenable, particularly if...

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