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Green Party Manifesto

Updated: Nov 21, 2019


The Green Party Manifesto can be found here.


Please note: we recognise that Christians care about many issues besides the one's listed below. We have focused on the issues CARE works on for obvious reasons.


Also a note on territorial coverage: This is the manifesto of the Green Party of England and Wales. Separate sister Green parties cover Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Abortion


‘Extend the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights to give women in all EU countries access to legal, safe and affordable abortion services.’ Page 32


‘Restoring the NHS … This will include fit-for-purpose mental and reproductive health services available to all.’ Page 54


‘Focus funding to provide better reproductive health services. We will ensure that all forms of birth control are free, to give women a real choice of the birth control that works best for them.’ Page 55


‘Extend the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights to give women in all EU countries access to legal, safe and affordable abortion services.’ Page 62


‘Improve access to high quality care during pregnancy and ensure that all women are entitled to the care of a single midwife through prenatal care, birth and the first month of post-natal care. Baby clinics will be expanded, so that women can get access to health visitors and take their babies for regular checkups at a location and time that is convenient for them.’ Page 62


‘Fully embed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) into UK law. This will mean that the unacceptable practices of compulsory treatment, chemical and physical restraint, isolation, and seclusion are made illegal in the UK’ Page 63


Assisted Suicide


The Manifesto itself contains no specific policy with regard to assisted suicide or end of life issues.


Commercial Sexual Exploitation


The Manifesto itself contains no specific policy with regard to commercial sexual exploitation.


Family and Tax


‘Support councils to extend staying put arrangements, to enable fostered young people to stay with foster parents until they are 21.’ Page 42

‘Provide 35 hours a week of free childcare for all, from the age of nine months. This free childcare will include in-work facilities, such as on-site crèches and flexible working opportunities (e.g. job shares) to help parents who choose to return to work.’ Page 51


Gambling


The Manifesto itself contains no specific policy with regard to gambling.


Human Trafficking


‘Develop and implement a UK-wide strategy to tackle gender-based violence, including domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and trafficking.’ Page 62


Marriage


The Manifesto itself contains no specific policy with regard to marriage.


Online Safety


‘Introduce a Digital Bill of Rights that establishes the UK as a leading voice on standards for the rule of law and democracy in digital spaces and ensure independent regulation of social media providers. This legislation will safeguard elections by responding to the challenges of foreign interference, social media and declining confidence in democracy.’ Page 36

‘Introduce a regulatory framework for online harms to ensure social media companies take responsibility for how their platforms are being used and invest in technological solutions to address misogyny and online harassment.’ Page 62


Relationships and Sex Education


‘Properly fund training to support the delivery of comprehensive, age appropriate Personal Health and Sexual Education (PHSE) lessons in schools covering all aspects of sex and relationships, with a focus on consent.’ Page 63

‘End the opt-out of LGBTIQA+ inclusive PHSE classes at school to ensure that every child learns about different types of couples and families that make up UK society.’ Page 63


Religious Liberty


‘Confront racism, antisemitism and prejudice, including from an early age through a broader and decolonialised curriculum in school, focusing on histories and role models from a diverse range of ethnicities and religions.’ Page 61


‘Defend the right of people of all faiths – to express their faith, be that in religious clothing, food or reasonable accommodation of religious observance. We will also work with religious communities to defend the safety of places of worship.’ Page 61


‘Retain the Human Rights Act and reaffirm the UK’s commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.’ Page 61


‘Make misogyny a hate crime across the UK and increase the police’s capacity to deal with domestic violence and misogynistic hate crimes. Funding to support the prevention and prosecution of all hate crimes will be increased, and police officers will be given further training in this area. We need an intersectional approach to hate crime, which recognises the groups of women who are most at risk.’ Page 61


- Whatever the motivation or intention behind this pledge, CARE is concerned how the issue of hate crime (and hate incidents) have developed and been abused to curtail the rights of others. Before any such proposal is considered, it is crucial to review the existing mechanisms to address the issue and scrutinise how any shortfalls could be best addressed.

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