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.

Mark Field wasn’t ‘sacked after grabbing activist’ tho. Lost his ministerial position in a reshuffle because he’s Remain.
Let’s remember he faced ZERO consequences for the assault on a woman, from either the Tory party or the City of London police.

🇬🇧 London, UK: Filmed moments ago #ClimateAction in the form of peaceful gathering at #TrafalgarSquare. I’m here. Really nice people all around me.

The #EU and the #UK have taken “quite a pragmatic and commercial approach” to abuses in #Bahrain. More legal action is needed. Bahrain has not been subject to collective action by the UN in recent times. It is not sufficient to express concern and condemn action.

.@metpoliceuk seem to have decided not to arrest the 2,500 XR supporters who have assembled in Trafalgar Square since 1:30pm to hear speeches and discuss what to do about the climate & ecological emergency. They did arrest GP leader @jon_bartley @GeorgeMonbiot & others though.

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