Unlike MPs, who receive state funding, members of the House of Lords don’t receive financial support to employ staff.
We are only two Greens in the House of Lords, covering as many issues as we can. We need staff to help us with research and press work. We have a small, part time team (equivalent to just over one full time person) who are partly paid for from donations from people like you.
Without funding for a communications officer, we can’t promote my Clean Air Bill in Parliament which aims to establish clean air as a human right. Without staff support we can’t write the letters, or follow up on Parliamentary questions which challenge the government and police over the way they are imposing fracking on communities who don’t want it.
We regularly ask questions to Ministers about civil rights and hold the police to account, but we need the staff to help draft these questions and to liaise with the NGOs and friendly lawyers.
Staff working with us behind the scenes help comb through vast amounts of complex Bills and give us the detailed information we need to contribute to debates and propose amendments.
We are the only two Greens in the House of Lords, two of only three Green voices in Parliament at this critical time for our planet, please support our work by helping fund our office. Any amount is useful and appreciated but regular donations allow us to plan ahead so please consider setting up a standing order.