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County Greens visit Houses of Parliament

Cllr Beki Hoyland, Cllr Chris McFarling, Cllr Chloe Turner and Cllr Cate Cody with The Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb

Jenny Jones invited us to visit her in the House of Lords and we jumped at the chance to meet her and understand some of the great work she and Natalie Bennett are doing. A whistle stop tour by Jenny and two young Greens that were working with her. The history, the different coloured carpets, the artwork and the building works then a chance for tea on the terrace before spending an hour in the public gallery of the House of Lords and another hour in the House of Commons. I was struck by the decent conversation that happened in both chambers when the lime light was not on them, reasoned debate, views aired and responded to. I was also struck by the fact that there were so few MPs sitting for the Online Safety Bill, to be fair it was the first reading of an amendment but an interesting insight.

Although an unelected chamber is far from ideal I am glad to have Jenny and Natalie there, fighting to undo some of the worst aspects of bills coming from the elected chamber at the moment.

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