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.

The #Brexit enthusiasts (Brexit Party, Conservatives + UKIP) are in total actually LOSING seats in the European Parliament, compared to what they won last time. Seats partially redistributed from UKIP & Cons to #BrexitParty, but overall DOWN !

A bad night for #Leavers

Ok, but seriously. Why are pedestrians constantly interrupted so that drivers never have to take their foot off the gas? Imagine if sidewalks were continuous with "crossdrives" where motorists are permitted to cross if they can ever get pedestrian traffic to pause for them.

Tory negotiating tactics appear to be to waste time with elections. First there was a general election, now a leadership election, and no candidates fit to lead. There is very little time

Once again the #nastyparty work it's vile #HostileEnvironment is found out. They must go

English test students may have been wrongly accused, says watchdog

I've just signed a petition to stop the ludicrous position that VAT on renewable energy will be 20% and only 8% on fossil fuels. Please sign it too. via @38_degrees

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