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.

This is a really important point that deserves repeating. The difficulties we are facing today reflect the damage caused by a decade of austerity, brutal cuts to public services, poor working conditions & inadequate safety net. All these contribute to our high death rate.

BREAKING: The Netherlands decides to use the Torture Convention to demand justice for the widespread brutality documented in Syria’s prisons in an action that could ultimately trigger a case at the the world’s highest court.

Thousands of asylum seekers at risk of being made homeless after ⁦@ukhomeoffice⁩ announce lifting of ban on asylum evictions “with immediate effect”. This, in the middle of a pandemic & as we face an “inevitable” second spike. Absolutely shameful.

The government banking hospitals from getting #Covid testing looks like criminal negligence

Hospitals told not to test staff or patients for Covid-19

‘DHSC has capped funding for testing in NHS even though lack of tests has left hospital doctors, nurses forced to stay at home’

Putting lives at risk to hide failure of corporate testing system?

@clrandrewcooper - the Green Party candidate for #WestYorkshire Mayor responds to the latest #locallockdown restrictions on parts of #Yorkshire

"This Hokey Cokey method of taking some areas in and out of local lockdowns is not working."

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