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.

Didn't address the real problem, that #universalCredit has an effective tax rate of up to 75% (maybe more), while wealthy people only pay 40%. Immoral and vile

Democracy update:

▪️Refuse to release Russia report
▪️Stop select committees reconvening
▪️Boycott #r4today & Newsnight
▪️Move lobby briefings to limit access
▪️Scrap DexEU & Brexit select committee
▪️Increase Parliamentary holidays to avoid scrutiny

As scientists, we are appalled at the govt's support for the polluting airline industry - our response to @flybe bailout and Health Sec @MattHancock's misleading comments on aviation: @JKSteinberger
@KevinClimate @JamesGDyke @mmbuchs @ProfTimJackson and me
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/climate-crisis-carbon-emissions-airline-matt-hancock-huawei-brexit-boris-johnson-trump-a9292811.html

JUST IN: 2019 finishes as Earth’s 2nd warmest year on record, according to @NOAA @NOAANCEIclimate & @NASA SEE: http://bit.ly/NOAA2019GlobalClimateReport #StateOfClimate

Several hundred people have gathered in Parliament Square to defend child refugees' right to family reunion.

I hope the Lords and then MPs show the bare minimum of humanity and vote to protect it as part of the Brexit bill.

#RightToReunite

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