Natalie Bennett was the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2012 to 2016.
The speech she gave at Green Party Autumn conference 2016 – it’s time to really take back control.
The BBC wrote an extensive profile.
She said: “The Green Party message of economic and environmental justice is the message for today, bringing the promise of jobs that people can build a life on, the security of the universal basic income and thriving communities built around small independent businesses and cooperatives. Environmental issues extend far beyond climate change: plastics in the oceans, destruction of our soils, biodiversity loss. They’re a huge threat, but also an opportunity: in making the necessary radical changes to our society we can also build a better, more secure, life for all.
“Our party understands that privatisation has cut the pay and condition of workers, reduced the quality of services, and shovelled public money into private hands. I’ve joined fellow members at the forefront of campaigns to bring the railways back into public hands, for the NHS Reinstatement Bill, and joined workers from parking attendants to junior doctors on picket lines.
“My work on education has been recognised by the UCU and the NUT. I’ve highlighted how it’s only the Green Party that recognises we cannot continue to subject our young people to schools that prepare them only for exams, not for life. And that they face either limited apprenticeships or crushing weight of university debt.
“Worry about the future has been exploited by rightwing extremists, who’ve blamed immigration for the conditions created by failed government policies in housing, health, education and pay. Other parties have joined the race to the bottom in immigration rhetoric. I’m proud that last year I was able to challenge David Cameron for his failure to welcome Syrian refugees, and pleased campaigns acknowledge my work against unjust family visa rules.
“In the wake of the EU referendum, it is more vital than ever to stand up against racism and in defence of free movement, as well as workers’ and human rights, environmental and consumer standards.”