LIBERTY ANALYSIS: GREEN PARTY MANIFESTO

The General Election is our chance to vote for a better society – so it’s vital to know where the parties stand on important issues. We’ve analysed each of the major parties’ manifestos in line with our six key demands of whoever steps into No 10.

But remember, a manifesto is a snapshot of what a party wants to do in Government. If something isn’t included, it doesn’t mean it’s unimportant to them and they might still act on it.

OUR CHALLENGE TO A NEW GOVERNMENT…

Stand up for migrants’ rights

What Liberty is calling for: End the racist hostile environment and make sure everyone can access vital public services without fear of being detained and deported.

Analysis:

The Green Party has promised to end the hostile environment, give full workplace rights to migrants and give asylum seekers the right to work.

They have also pledged to allow all migrants in need access to public funds and to guarantee safe access to public services such as the police, education and healthcare, without fear of immigration enforcement.

What Liberty is calling for: Set a 28-day time limit on immigration detention.

Analysis:

The manifesto says the Green Party will end indefinite detention, close immigration detention centres and suspend all detention flights.

Stand against criminalising poverty

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap the Vagrancy Act.

Analysis:

The manifesto says the party will repeal the Vagrancy Act.

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap the power to make Public Spaces Protection Orders.

Analysis:

The manifesto doesn’t mention PSPOs.

Reject mass surveillance

What Liberty is calling for: Tear up the Investigatory Powers Act (also known as the Snoopers’ Charter) – the most intrusive mass surveillance regime of any democratic country.

Analysis:

The manifesto doesn’t mention the Investigatory Powers Act, but does say the Green Party will introduce a Digital Bill of Rights.

What Liberty is calling for: Ban police and private company use of facial recognition technology in all publicly accessible places.

Analysis:

The manifesto doesn’t mention facial recognition technology.

Stand against discriminatory policing

What Liberty is calling for: Outlaw the use of racist predictive policing tools.

Analysis:

The manifesto doesn’t mention predictive policing tools.

What Liberty is calling for: Scrap powers to stop and search people without suspicion and limit remaining stop and search powers.

Analysis:

The manifesto says the party will introduce community cohesive policing which engages rather than antagonises BAME communities and addresses concerns about the use of stop and search powers.

Defend access to justice

What Liberty is calling for: Reinstate legal aid so that justice isn’t reserved only for people who can afford it.

Analysis:

The manifesto says the party will reverse cuts to legal aid so that women don’t have to represent themselves against abusers.

Protect human rights for everyone

What Liberty is calling for: Commit to maintaining the Human Rights Act.

Analysis:

The manifesto pledges to defend the Human Rights Act.

What Liberty is calling for: Legislate to plug any rights gap left by the process of leaving the EU.

Analysis:

The manifesto says the Green Party will reaffirm the UK’s commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.