Tom Franklin

Chair and Regional Party Liaison Officer and Regional Treasurer

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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.

"People who have basic security work more, not less. They are more productive when they work… They are more altruistic and cooperative… It's not the amount of time spent doing work. It's how effective you are when you are doing that work."
—Guy Standing

UBI grows productivity.

The UK has spent more money fighting Covid-19 than almost all comparable countries but still languishes towards the bottom of league tables of economic performance in 2020 and deaths caused by the virus, according to @FT research.

https://www.ft.com/content/1f52fd2b-7daf-418e-be8b-acc38f819b8d @ChrisGiles_

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