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#GE2015: Blue & Green backs a red, yellow and green policy coalition around sustainability



As the national press still feels it’s their role to anoint the party of their proprietor’s choice, Blue & Green will play along. We care about democracy and the environment. Vote for Policies has gathered 718,000 votes as of midday today so we are ready to make our call – your call.

Vote for Policies has just under 352,000 votes on the environment policies. Labour (28.7%), Lib Dem (26.8%) and Greens (24.4%) have the most popular policies. They have also gathered over 284,000 votes on democracy policies. Lib Dem (27.1%), Labour (20%) and Greens (17.6%).

So here’s the Blue & Green ENVIRONMENT policy assembled from those three parties.


– The new Infrastructure Commission will prioritise investment in flood prevention. We will deal with the problems of air pollution by giving local authorities the powers they need, backed up by a national framework.

– Keep our forests in public ownership, and promote access to green spaces in local planning.

– Support the work of the Natural Capital Committee to protect and improve wildlife habitats and green spaces, and make them an important part of our thriving tourism industry.

– Expand the role of the Department of International Development to mitigate the risks of a changing climate, and support sustainable livelihoods for the world’s poorest people.

– Make the case [at the UNFCCC conference in Paris, in December 2015] for ambitious emissions targets for all countries, strengthened every five years on the basis of a scientific assessment of the progress towards the below two degree goal.

– Push for a goal of net zero global emissions in the second half of this century, for transparent and universal rules for measuring, verifying and reporting emissions, and for an equitable deal in which richer countries provide support to poorer nations in combatting climate change.

– Protect animal welfare – ending the inhumane and ineffective badger cull, maintaining the ban on hunting with dogs, and introducing a ban on wild animals in circuses.

Liberal Democrats

– In the next Parliament bring forward five green laws that will guarantee a permanently greener Britain.

– A Nature Act ­ to introduce legal targets for biodiversity, clean air, clean water and access to green space, establish the Natural Capital Committee in law, extend the ‘Right to Roam’ and establish new marine and coastal reserves.

– Green Buildings Act ­ to boost renewable and district heating programmes, bring in tough new energy efficiency standards for homes, and step up action on fuel poverty ­ to cut energy bills. Including a national programme to insulate homes with a Council Tax cut if you take part.

– A Resource Efficiency and Zero Waste Britain Act ­ to set Britain on a path to a ‘circular economy’, establishing a ‘Stern Report’ on resource use, with binding targets and a clear action plan to reduce waste and end landfill.

– A Zero Carbon Britain Act ­ To Strengthen the Climate Change Act targets, introduce a decarbonisation target for the electricity sector and end the use of dirty coal power stations.

– A Green Transport Act ­ To help establish a full network of charging points for electric cars, incentivise greener travel choices and update planning law and ensure new developments are designed around walking, cycling and public transport.


– Take urgent action on climate change to cut UK emissions of greenhouse gases by 90% on 1990 level by 2030, and work with other countries to hold the increase in global temperatures to below 2 degrees.

– Ban fracking, phase out coal power by 2023 and nuclear power within 10 years.

– Invest more than £80 billion over the Parliament in a major public programme of renewable generation, flood defences and building insulation.

– Promote a new Nature and Wellbeing Act to provide a new, stronger legal framework for the protection of landscapes and wildlife.

– Protect, expand, properly fund and improve non­car access to National Parks, and expand the UK’s network of Marine Conservation Zones.

– Help bees by reducing dramatically the use of pesticides, banning neonicotinoids, ‘greening’ farming, improving planning guidelines and making bees a priority species in biodiversity strategies.

– Foster and support sustainable farming methods, and enforce strict animal welfare standards.

– End the inhumane and unscientific badger cull.

So here’s the Blue & Green DEMOCRACY policy assembled from those three parties.

Liberal Democrats

– Reform the House of Lords with a proper democratic mandate starting from the 2012 Bill.

– Get big money out of politics with a £10,000 cap on donations and reform of party political funding.

– Reform our voting systems for elections to local government and Westminster. We will introduce the Single Transferable Vote for local government elections in England and for electing MPs across the UK, while transferring responsibility for the local government election system in Wales to the Welsh Assembly.

– Better democracy with votes at 16.

– Delivering on promises made to Scotland and the rest of the UK and transfer more powers from Westminster and Whitehall to the nations and communities of the UK.

– “Devolution on demand” to transfer more power and control to areas within England.

– Pass a new Freedoms Act, to protect citizens from excessive state powers and improve rights of access to information.

– Protect your privacy by updating data laws for the internet age with a Digital Bill of Rights.


– Set up a people led Constitutional Convention to determine the future of UK’s governance.

– Replace the House of Lords with a Senate of the Nations and Regions.

– Pass an English Devolution Act, handing £30 billion of resources and powers to our great English city and county regions.

– Give new powers for communities to shape their high streets, including power over payday lenders and the number of fixed odds betting terminals.

– Meet our promises to devolve further powers to Scotland and Wales.

– Give 16 and 17­year­olds the vote.

– Create a statutory register of lobbyists.

– Ban MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies.


– Support the establishment of a People’s Constitutional Convention to agree radical changes to the governance of the UK. We will push the Convention for a new settlement that includes:

– Proportional representation for parliamentary elections.

– A written constitution and a Bill of Rights.

– The extension of the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds.

– A reformed House of Lords ­ a fully elected body chosen by proportional representation.

– A fair system of state funding for political parties, so there’s no longer a need for reliance on private and trade union donations, which can have a corrupting effect, and ensure that all lobbying is registered and fully disclosed.

– Aspire to a 50:50 Parliament by 2025 with equal numbers of women and men.

– Restore Legal Aid so that everyone can afford to use the law.

You can still see which party’s policies most matches your own views by using the Vote for Policies survey here, or see your local Vote for Policies results here. To see the how parties are doing by policy across the country take a look here. To see the newly released Guide to Sustainable Democracy, click here.

Photo: yarranz via Freeimages

Further reading:

#GE2015: Will Northern Ireland Vote for Policies?

Simon Leadbetter is the founder and publisher of Blue & Green Tomorrow. He has held senior roles at Northcliffe, The Daily Telegraph, Santander, Barclaycard, AXA, Prudential and Fidelity. In 2004, he founded a marketing agency that worked amongst others with The Guardian, Vodafone, E.On and Liverpool Victoria. He sold this agency in 2006 and as Chief Marketing Officer for two VC-backed start-ups launched the online platform Cleantech Intelligence (which underpinned the The Guardian’s Cleantech 100) and StrategyEye Cleantech. Most recently, he was Marketing Director of Emap, the UK’s largest B2B publisher, and the founder of Blue & Green Communications Limited.