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.

Have I got this right?

The Tories just announced plans to lower the salary at which you have to start paying back student loans, which is ANOTHER tax on poorer people, and the ministers are now refusing to do interviews by saying they don't want to disturb Labour Conference?

Another conflict of interest: New UK Exchequer Secretary's in charge of energy and decarbonisation married to director of biomass company that built 3 UK plants burning >100k tonnes wood from whole trees each annually. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/09/26/conflict-interest-minister-husbands-energy-firm/

Thanks @GretaThunberg for visiting #Luetzerath today, a village in danger of being destroyed for coal mining in the coming weeks. Thanks for supporting us in our struggle to save the village and defend the 1.5 degree limit! #AllVillagesRemain

Having lost the argument for his planned cut to Universal Credit the Prime Minister is now using barefaced lies to justify it. This should be played on every UK News Channel to every Minister interviewed.

I’m sure @AndrewMarr9 will be all over it Sunday

Evans organises first NEC meeting with new disability rep - upstairs with no lift https://skwawkbox.org/2021/09/25/evans-organises-first-nec-meeting-with-new-disability-rep-upstairs-with-no-lift/ via @skwawkbox

25 years ago, 1000 people died each year from drugs and hepatitis in Switzerland. But they turned their back on the ‘war on drugs’ and introduced humane policies. Today, not only are drug deaths very rare, hepatitis is almost eradicated completely. We need a similar approach.

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