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.

I don't want a lot for Christmas, there is just one thing I need...

Decent wages for people making our presents! 🤶🏽🎄

Found them 👀👇🏽 https://twitter.com/LivingWageUK/status/1200447526962434049

Ban bad management, then there wouldn't be strikes

Boris Johnson vows to ban all-out strikes on public transport

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/05/boris-johnson-says-sorry-for-any-offence-caused-by-burqa-article?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

This is a common sight for policy preference graphs in the UK, and a total reversal of what we see in results.

If only a voting system could represent what people actually want...

It’s not about a protest vote, protest about how we vote!

#PR
@MakeVotesMatter
#GE2019 https://twitter.com/eco_ty/status/1202518502801858560

Hi @maitlis - it's much worse than just P48 of the manifesto!
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/boris-johnson-general-election-brexit-courts-legal-gina-miller-a9218256.html https://twitter.com/maitlis/status/1201940533935034373

'What Extinction Rebellion, the school strikes, Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough have all done is push climate up the agenda in a way that we haven't seen previously and that is to be welcomed.'

Co-Leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley.

@MollyMEP I voted Green this time - the first time ever. Many Lab MPs are pro-brexit! pro-Trident! They haven't reciprocated tactical voting! They aren't planning a switch to PR. It's coercion, this 'vote for us or the Tories will win' mantra. If not Green now, then when?

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