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Green Party leader calls for thriving green economy

April 4, 2012

Green Party leader calls for thriving green economy

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas says the government has misread the public mood by trying to sideline green issues.

Ms Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, says the decision to allow more building in the countryside and Chancellor George Osborne's claim that it is not important to meet carbon reduction targets are "tragic" and a "travesty of truth".

"The government has completely misread the public mood on this," she said. "Look at the outcry over the attempt to sell off the forests which forced an embarrassing U-turn and look at the fiasco over the new planning regulations. People are worried about what will happen to their countryside."

"Austerity isn't working. Investing in green measures and green technology is actually good for the economy because a green economy is an incredibly labour intensive economy," she said.

Read more on the BBC News article.

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