Green seat puts anti-nuclear voice in the Lords

There will be a firmly committed anti-nuclear voice in the House of Lords from now on as Green Party member Jenny Jones (pictured) is to get a Working Peerage. Today […]

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By Vicky Ellis

There will be a firmly committed anti-nuclear voice in the House of Lords from now on as Green Party member Jenny Jones (pictured) is to get a Working Peerage.

Today new nominations for the Lords were announced  The Queen approves new appointments to the Lords from a list put forward by political parties.

It’s the first time the Green Party will have a member in the Lords since 2008. Jenny Jones was chosen as the Green Party nomination by a ballot two years ago of all members of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Ms Jones who has been a London Assembly Member for 13 years said “I am looking forward to a new battlefield for green ideas and policies and I shall do my best to fulfil the trust and expectation that my party has shown in me.”

A spokesperson for the Green Party told ELN: “We’d expect Jenny will be mirroring much of what [Green Party MP] Caroline Lucas is working on [in the Commons] and the Environmental Audit Committee… It means things won’t pass into a black home when going into the Lords, means we’re more influential on those policies.”

They added Ms Jones will likely keep an eye electricity market reform, investment in renewable energy, challenging the use of nuclear power and saying “no to fracking and any other ridiculous idea the Government has while claiming to be the greenest Government ever”.