The Green shoots of politics

Caroline Lucas talks with Marcus Papadopoulos about differences between the European Parliament and the House of Commons, whether the Green Party will be a long-term force in British politics and the Coalition Government’s approach to the environment.

Tim Farron MP

Tim Farron MP

“My sincere hope and belief is that we will see a narrowing in the attainment gap, and that improved attainment by all children can be sustained.” – Tim Farron MP, President of the Liberal Democrat Party

Liam Byrne MP

Liam Byrne MP

“We risk becoming an economy where too many are trapped in low-skill jobs, while other nations race ahead. It is critical that we find ways to teach creative, practical intelligence, not just to some but to all” – Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills

Daid Willetts MP

Daid Willetts MP

“We are simply setting universities free to respond to the choices of individuals – based on much better information about what is available. We do not want to set an arbitrary target for growth. Nor do we want an equally arbitrary cap on numbers.” – David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science

Changing the banking culture

Changing the banking culture

“It is, however, essential that all our banks commit publicly to making the changes required and report on progress regularly.” – John Thurso, Chair of the Finance and Services Select Committee and MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross

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