A different party that wants Europe to work for all of us

Bicester Advertiser: Green MEP Keith Taylor Green MEP Keith Taylor

On May 22 this year, 211,706 people voted Green across South East England and returned me to Brussels as a Green MEP for the region.

At this election voters had a stark choice. On the one hand you’ve got four political parties, the Lib Dems, Labour, Tories and UKIP, occupying a very narrow part of the political spectrum – offering you mildly different shades of business as usual.

On the other hand voters had a chance to re-elect me as a Green MEP who will fight their corner in Brussels.

Let’s be clear. The other four political parties are increasingly sounding like one another.

You won’t hear Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband, Nigel Farage or David Cameron take a stand against fracking, or pledge to get rid of nuclear weapons.

You won’t see them sticking up for people who are struggling to get by as benefits are cut, or for the thousands of young people across the South East who are struggling to find work that pays a decent wage.

And you’ll find all of them repeating tired old myths around immigration.

The Green Party is different. We want to build an economy that works for the common good, not for private profit. We want clean energy from renewables, not dirty fossil fuels that are causing climate change.

We want Europe to work for everyone, not just those at the top.

That’s why I’ll continue to use my time as your MEP to win a cap on bonuses for millionaire bankers, and to campaign against cuts to the services that millions of people rely on.

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It’s why I’ve been defending our countryside from fracking and pushing for affordable publically owned railways. Greens are also at the forefront of protecting animals across the continent.

In Europe, Greens have been at the forefront of pushing for changes to make the EU more accountable to you. But we’re under no illusions about the EU. It’s not serving people in the way it should.

Greens want to make radical changes to the European Union, to make it more accountable to you, and to end a culture of serving the interests of big business. We want unelected bureaucrats to have less power, and you, the people who live in Europe, to have more of a say in what happens in Brussels.

Ultimately Greens believe that we’re better in Europe than out.

But unlike the Lib Dems or Labour, we believe that the people of the UK have a right to have their say on the issue.

That’s why we’re saying ‘yes’ to a referendum, and ‘yes’ to staying in the EU.

We need the EU to protect workers from a race to the bottom on wages and rights.

We need the EU because problems like air pollution don’t respect national borders.

And we need Europe because it gives easy access to a large market for small business in the United Kingdom.

On May 22 you had a choice. You could have voted for one of the four parties who offer different shades of business as usual. But thousands of you voted for real change.

Greens in the European Parliament are standing up for jobs that you can build a life on.

We’re defending our environment, cleaning up the air that we breathe and the seas that surround our country.

We’re saying ‘no’ to fracking and ‘yes’ to clean energy and well insulated warm homes. Ultimately a vote for the Green Party at the European Elections was a vote for an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

Thanks to those who voted for me. I’ll be working my hardest for every single one of my constituents.

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10:28pm Thu 29 May 14

Patrick, Devon says...

Well done Greens for standing up for your principles. There needs to be a European community and we need to be part of it. The Greens warned decades ago that the centralised "one size fits all" model was not the way. A decentralised Europe is what is needed, with more respect for regions and communities. A Europe for people, not for big business. The power should go to the regions, not nation states.
Well done Greens for standing up for your principles. There needs to be a European community and we need to be part of it. The Greens warned decades ago that the centralised "one size fits all" model was not the way. A decentralised Europe is what is needed, with more respect for regions and communities. A Europe for people, not for big business. The power should go to the regions, not nation states. Patrick, Devon
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12:06am Fri 30 May 14

Myron Blatz says...

Surely a decentralized Europe simply means going back to how it used to be, with individual and independent countries? The great bogey for an expanded EU has been the limitations of its single currency, and the inability of countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy to offset their economic problems,by devaluation - the currency mechanism which is singularly lacking with the Euro.
Surely a decentralized Europe simply means going back to how it used to be, with individual and independent countries? The great bogey for an expanded EU has been the limitations of its single currency, and the inability of countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy to offset their economic problems,by devaluation - the currency mechanism which is singularly lacking with the Euro. Myron Blatz
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10:27am Fri 30 May 14

Patrick, Devon says...

The way it used to be was alot of centralised nation states. The nation state is a medieval invention. Decentralise power within those states and consider a European Parliament made up of representatives from regions.
The way it used to be was alot of centralised nation states. The nation state is a medieval invention. Decentralise power within those states and consider a European Parliament made up of representatives from regions. Patrick, Devon
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10:09pm Fri 30 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Are the Greens for or against the new dedicated passenger railway proposed between The North and London?
Are the Greens for or against the new dedicated passenger railway proposed between The North and London? Andrew:Oxford
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10:36pm Fri 30 May 14

Patrick, Devon says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Are the Greens for or against the new dedicated passenger railway proposed between The North and London?
Here is the policy statement:

"The Green Party does not support the current (2011) high speed rail proposals known as HS2 but will review this policy if and when evidence emerges that HSR is embedded within an overall policy context that can deliver reductions in the demand for transport, energy use, land take and CO2 emissions."

Open minded? I think you will find opposing views on HS2 in all parties, apart from ukip, who think its just another EU plot.

Personally I am against, as I think local transport is more urgent and more important, while there are better, cheaper, quicker and less destructive ways of increasing rail capacity.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Are the Greens for or against the new dedicated passenger railway proposed between The North and London?[/p][/quote]Here is the policy statement: "The Green Party does not support the current (2011) high speed rail proposals known as HS2 but will review this policy if and when evidence emerges that HSR is embedded within an overall policy context that can deliver reductions in the demand for transport, energy use, land take and CO2 emissions." Open minded? I think you will find opposing views on HS2 in all parties, apart from ukip, who think its just another EU plot. Personally I am against, as I think local transport is more urgent and more important, while there are better, cheaper, quicker and less destructive ways of increasing rail capacity. Patrick, Devon
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