EU Election Survey Response: Peter Cranie (Green Party)

1. I support a new EU economic strategy based on sustainability principles which shifts the tax burden from labour to resource consumption, and eliminates environmentally-harmful subsidies Agree
2. I support the adoption of three separate, ambitious and binding EU targets for renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions cuts and energy efficiency for 2030 Agree
3. I support measures to halt Europe’s accelerated loss of biodiversity by 2020 Agree
4. I support comprehensive resource-reduction, product and waste policies, including action to cut food waste by at least 50% Agree
5. I support measures to reduce the use of pesticides and replace hazardous chemicals, including an extension to the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides because of their impacts on bees Agree
6. I support the setting of ambitious and binding air pollution limits in line with latest health recommendations Agree
7. I support action to end European and global deforestation and forest degradation Agree
8. I oppose any new free trade deals, such as the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP), that jeopardise strong social and environmental standards Agree
9. I support the principle that environmental protection should be put at the heart of the global development goals to end poverty Agree
10. I support new rules to guarantee the right to information, participation and justice for European citizens Agree

Comments:

As you would expect from the Green Party, we are absolutely in step with the Green 10 on this. If elected, I would join the fourth largest group in the EU Parliament. The Greens have considerable influence and can work to bring legislation forward and push for the tightest regulations for environmental standards as we have done over aviation, cars and fracking. I hope voters concerned about environmental issues can look at our record and our manifesto (links at the end of this) to see why voting Green can really have an impact here in the North West.

On certain points, we have been attacked by other parties (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2314258/leaked_memo_now_libdems_are_running_scared_of_the_greens.html) but we will stand our ground in the EU Parliament, we will not be pushed around by Corporate lobbying, and Green MEPs will represent you well.

In the last European Elections, we were just 0.3% away from winning a seat. Instead, Nick Griffin, a man convicted of incitement to racial hatred and someone who denies climate change is even happening, was elected instead. This time the Green Party needs to win a seat to ensure that UKIP don’t claim three seats in the region.

End of term report http://www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk/2014/02/12/end-term-report-snapshot-work-jean-lambert-keith-taylor-meps-2009-2014/

Our manifesto (link available at http://greenparty.org.uk/elections.html)

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