The party urged voters to "accept no imitations" and vote Green.
At their manifesto launch, the Green Party of England and Wales have promised to put forward ten bills in the next parliament.
Instead of a traditional manifesto, the party announced ten bills whih it said would “kickstart the tranformation of the country”.
The Greens have had one MP since 2010 – Caroline Lucas in Brighton Pavillion – who is likely to remain the party’s sole MP after the next election.
These bills focussed on the environment, Brexit, the NHS, tuition fees, housing and electoral reform. The ten bills are, in their words:
- Green New Deal Bill – to get the UK on track to reducing climate emissions to net zero by 2030
- People’s Vote Bill – to give people a chance to vote on the future of our relationship with the European Union
- NHS Reinstatement Bill – to increase funding for the NHS by at least £6 billion per year each year, until 2030, and a further £1 billion a year in nursing higher education
- Further Education Bill – to fund tuition for every higher education student and scrap undergraduate tuition fees
- Sustainable Economy Bill – to set new binding targets to ensure our economy functions within environmental limits
- Future Generations Bill – to require public bodies, including the UK government, to balance the needs of the present with the needs of the future.
- Universal Basic Income Bill – to transform our social welfare system with a phased-in unconditional payment to everyone at a level above their subsistence needs.
- New Homes Bill – to end the housing crisis by creating the legislative framework to build 100,000 new zero carbon homes for social rent each year.
- Renters’ Rights Bill – to transform the lives of renters across the country, making housing more secure and bringing rent levels down, especially in places where they currently far outstrip incomes
- Voting Reform Bill – to replace the archaic first past the post voting system with proportional representation, create a fully elected House of Lords, and extend the vote to those aged 16 and 17.
Co-leader Sian Berry said “The Greens are clear about which path we must take as a country. And that’s why each and every Green MP elected this December will have in their in-tray a legislative agenda ready to go.
“Ten Bills ready for the next Parliament to hit the ground running. Because the future won’t give us another chance to get these next two years right.”
The other co-leader Jonathan Bartley urged voters who care about the environment to “accept no imitations” and vote Green.
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