Tom Franklin

Chair and Regional Party Liaison Officer and Regional Treasurer

Tom franklin

After a long period of not being involved in party politics I joined the Green Party in 2012, as it is the only party that is taking climate change seriously.

Since then I have discovered how many of its policies I like from advocating active transport (walking and cycling) pushing for better local public transport, fighting for better air quality so that we can all have clean air to breathe to the Citizen’s Income. I have also found it warm and friendly, and a great way to get to know York and its people when I moved here in 2015.

I am particularly concerned about the arms trade and the death and destruction that follows from that. I have twice been arrested for trying to prevent arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey. The first time I was acquitted on the grounds that I was trying to prevent war crimes and crimes against humanity. The second time I was acquitted for using the right to protest, but the Crown Prosecution Service is currently appealing the acquittal.

I am a father with two grown up children and live with my partner and her one-eyed cat in North York.

I am also treasurer of the Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Green Party.

BREAKING: New RSPB report using data from @NHM_London shows the UK is the least effective G7 member at protecting nature.

We urgently need a nature restoration revolution.

Read the full report here:

I've just signed a petition demanding @RobertJenrick calls a public enquiry into the Leeds Bradford airport expansion. Will you add your name? #LeedsBradfordAirport via @38_degrees

TODAY: we’re in Court battling Government over millions of pounds of unusable PPE and the fast track ‘VIP lane’ for political connections.

They’d rather we weren’t paying attention. Help spread the word.

Israel seems intent on targeting #Gaza's medical infrastructure. Last night airstrikes hit the strip's only covid testing centre, the Ministry of Health offices & the Qatari Red Crescent building...

It’s #Romaniresistanceday, a day we remember those who fought against Nazi persecution- such as the indefatigable Raymond Gureme; but also a day we encourage all Romani and Traveller people to keep the flame lit and #Resist inequality as today’s Human rights defenders ✊

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