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.

So much for "do no harm" @Google is no better than any other capitalist organisation

Google rejects plans to fight sexual harassment and boost diversity

https://t.co/idVtf6t3cp

Dear @KP24,

As people who have experienced human rights violations under Apartheid, solidarity in terms of boycotts worked for us and Palestinians have asked us the international community to treat Israel the same as we treated Apartheid South Africa.

That’s how we can help ❤️

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I think the simple fact is that when you have refugees being herded into concentration camps in the USA and the EU has stopped rescuing refugees adrift on the Mediterranean #RefugeeWeek2019 should be a wake up call that politics of hate are destroying our humanity.

Saudi Arabia: Our glorious ally who we keep in power by selling them weapons with huge bribes involved. They Behead more people every yr than the rest of the world combined, incl non-state actors. We r complicit in their corruption & brutal human rights abuses at home & abroad! https://t.co/QXPQ4qsVcL

When there was "credible evidence" Russia was behind the Salisbury poisonings, Theresa May immediately expelled Russian diplomats. When will she expel Saudi diplomats over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi? Or are arms sales more important than principles? https://t.co/lHN725PFM4

How to mitigate #NoDeal for the Irish border?

I've now read the report top EU customs experts Pickett & Lux wrote for NI Dept for the Economy on this. Not easy reading ⚠️

Here’s a few highlights.
(For further analysis see the incomparable @PMDFoster)
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https://t.co/pTasODqBFi

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