Press Coverage

Gina in the press. Find out what Gina has been up to and keep up with the latest news stories, articles, and media coverage below.

 

Lancaster MEP ‘deeply saddened’ to be leaving EU Parliament next week

23/01/2019

Lancaster politician Gina Dowding’s role as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) will come to an end next week…

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Stop Soil Erosion

09/01/2020

The focus message is ‘Stop Soil Erosion’, encouraging people and governments to consider and take action to protect soil and help increase biodiversity and food security for the future…

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Boris Johnson’s attack on BDS sides with the powerful over the weak

23/12/2019

In order to meet our obligations under international law, the UK needs to be a critical friend of Israel, not just a friend of Israel.

Boris Johnson’s plan to pass a law banning public bodies from boycotting foreign products from Israel, is seen as yet another political assault on Palestine and will further remove scrutiny against Israel and accountability for human rights violations….

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Protecting human rights post-Brexit

20/12/2019
By exiting the EU on 31 January, the UK will lose access to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which enshrines the political, social and economic rights of EU citizens in law. Gina Dowding, Green MEP for the North West of England, considers what this will mean for human rights in the UK…

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The UK’s Pro-Brexit MEPs Didn’t Want the European Parliament to Declare a Climate Emergency

05/12/2019
Green party MEP for the North West of England, Gina Dowding, told DeSmog the climate emergency resolution was “highly significant” and criticised those that voted against the resolution…

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US settlement move: It’s time for the world to hold Israel to account

20/11/2019
The US decision to reverse its stance on Israeli settlements after more than 40 years of policymaking consensus flies in the face of the international community’s condemnation of the illegal occupation of Palestine, and of its efforts to resolve the most intractable conflict of our time…

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Eurodiputados verdes piden a la Federacion Espanola que no celebre la Supercopa de futbol en Arabia Saud [Spanish Only]

18/11/2019
Green MEPs ask the Spanish Federation not to hold the football Super Cup in Saudi Arabia…

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Fylde General Election 2019 list of candidates: Who should I vote for?

14/11/2019
Gina Dowding is a veteran when it comes to Green Party politics, having stood in a number of local, general and even European elections for the party since 2010…

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Israeli labelling ruling lets consumers make choice

12/11/2019
By its landmark decision today, the Court of Justice of the European Union has affirmed categorically, that products originating from a territory occupied by Israel should be correctly labelled in order to allow European consumers to make a free and informed choice when buying goods from the region…

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Support for green new deal for climate and jobs – but what will it mean?

12/11/2019
A report published in October by Green Party MEP Gina Dowding examined how it might work in her region of north-west England…

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A climate election? UK voters want parties to tackle crisis

06/11/2019
The Green Party, which currently has one MP, accordingly announced its government plan included spending £100bn each year on the climate crisis.

“Is this a lot of money? Over a decade ago in 2008 the British government bailed out HBOS to the tune of over 30 billion,” said Gina Dowding MEP, a Green Parliamentary candidate for Fylde constituency….

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What would a Green New Deal look like in reality?

06/11/2019
As the Greens launch their General Election campaign, Gina Dowding MEP shows what the party’s Green New Deal could do for the North West and the UK…

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Cuadrilla vows to address earthquake concerns to lift fracking moratorium

05/11/2019
Shale gas company Cuadrilla has said it will not give up on its aim of developing a viable fracking industry in the UK despite the government’s decision to halt the technology last week…

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The Green New Deal in the North West

05/11/2019
We need a rapid transition to a smart, zero carbon, nature-friendly economy that will create thousands of rewarding job…

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Greens get General Election ready & Gina Dowding makes the case for a Green New Deal

03/11/2019
“Giving workers more input into the decisions that affect them is a key part of a just and fair transition. Co-operatives, community enterprises and employee-owned businesses are growing steadily in the UK as awareness increases of the societal damage that pursuing profit above all else can cause…”

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Fracking moratorium – reaction

02/11/2019
“We are delighted that the government has finally accepted the position that the Green Party and anti-fracking protesters have had from the outset. ocal people will be hugely relieved following years of havoc this industry has wreaked upon their communities: and more than a few people will rest easier at night knowing that the risk of seismic tremors has gone…”

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A Green New Deal would deliver a just transition for British industry

01/11/2019
The Green Party’s vision for industry was conceived long before it became as urgent as it is today and remains the best route out of the mess our environment, society and climate are in…

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Fracking lobbyist writing Tory manifesto

31/10/2019
“It is worrying that in the year that the climate emergency became one of the most pressing issues in the political debate, the Conservatives feel it is appropriate to employ a lobbyist who works for fracking firm Cuadrilla to write their election manifesto…”

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Is Fracking in Lancashire Really Dead? Not Quite

30/10/2019
“People have put down their tools for the moment but they haven’t gone home,” said Gina Dowding, a Lancashire county councillor representing the Green Party, and an MEP for the North West. “Everybody I’ve spoken to has said: not until categorically this company itself declares its leaving will everyone completely relax…”

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North West Green MEP launches ‘radical transformation’ Green New Deal

29/10/2019
Today in Manchester, Gina Dowding MEP, launched a brand-new report – The Green New Deal in the North West – which presents a framework of how we can fundamentally transform society in the face of the current climate emergency…

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Government unclear on fracking costs, benefits and clean-up – spending watchdog

23/10/2019
The government has no clear idea on how much it has spent supporting fracking, what the benefits would be and how much investment would be needed in future, the UK’s spending watchdog has revealed…

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FRACKING COULD COST SALFORD RESIDENTS A FORTUNE STATES AUDIT OFFICE REPORT

23/10/2019
“Aside from the myriad issues surrounding fracking, to even think of progressing with a new fossil fuel industry during a climate emergency, is nothing short of stupidity…”

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Comment: As a Young Person, I’m Scared of Losing the European Union’s Climate Leadership

17/10/2019
Youth climate activist Hannah Cartlidge visited the European Parliament in Brussels scared for the future of the planet, but returned hopeful that the institution could make a difference – while it still can…

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Brexit leak: 37 British MEPs demand Brexit extension from EU

16/10/2019
The letter asked Donald Tusk if the European Council could extend the Brexit deadline past October 31 to help rebuild “trust and cooperation” between the UK and the bloc. It also suggests the MEPs represent the majority of people who want to remain in the EU, although none of them were from the Conservative Party or Brexit Party…

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Under half arrests at Cuadrilla’s fracking site have led to convictions – new data

15/10/2019
Gina Dowding, Green Party MEP for north west England, said the arrest figures were a reminder of what she called “draconian policing and “infringement of people’s right to protest…”

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North West Green MEP heads to Burnley for twinning art event with Spanish group

15/10/2019
“The idea behind the seminar is to create a space for stakeholders to explore the important role art has to play in community cohesion, cultural regeneration, and economic development, and that those things are inextricably linked” said Gina Dowding MEP…

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Gina Dowding MEP on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme

14/10/2019
You can listen to Gina’s interview on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, from 14 October 2019, talking about the frequent flyer levy, alongside former director of the Danish government’s Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen, Bjørn Lomborg, who is a Danish author and President of his think tank, Copenhagen Consensus Center.

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Campaigners demand council stops investing £36m in fossil fuels

10/10/2019
“Governments at all levels, including here in the European Parliament, are declaring climate emergencies and recognising that swift and urgent action needs to be taken to reduce carbon emissions…”

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Call for climate change considerations to play greater part in Lancashire pension fund investments

06/10/2019
Green Party county councillor Gina Dowding criticised the slowdown in co-operation over the past 18 months, which had put a halt to plans to invest in social housing…

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Burnley seminar to examine art’s role in cohesion

05/10/2019
The event, paid for by the Europan Parliament and arranged by North-West Green MEP Gina Dowding, is described as ‘a vital discussion around Burnley’s potential for cultural-led transformation’…

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Why Europe needs more ambition on climate, research, innovation

02/10/2019
Green MEP Gina Dowding explains why European Greens are encouraged by the parliamentary hearing of Commissioner-designate Mariya Gabriel and why Europe needs an ambitious commitment to research and innovation…

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30s4Economy – Gina Dowding [VIDEO]

30/09/2019
“Small businesses are so vital for our communities because they keep the profit in the local community…”

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Green MEP to visit stallholders at Taste Cumbria

24/09/2019
Green MEP Gina Dowding will be in Cockermouth on Saturday to visit the Taste Cumbria event…

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How Gina Dowding is relishing her role as a north west MEP despite the Brexit uncertainty

24/09/2019
As the impasse over Brexit continues Fiona Finch caught up with new North West MEP Gina Dowding, who is also still a Lancashire county and Lancaster city councillor, to ask what it is like to be a new Brit in Brussels?

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Lancaster politician calls on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ‘resign immediately’ after Supreme Court ruling

24/09/2019
Green Party MEP Gina Dowding, who is also a Lancaster City and Lancashire County Councillor, has called for Mr Johnson’s immediate resignation, and for Parliament to be reconvened straight away so that it can “begin to chart a sensible path through this national crisis…”

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Climate change protesters takes to the streets in Lancaster

20/09/2019
Both Lancaster MP Cat Smith, and Green Party MEP Gina Dowding joined the protests. The politicians gave speeches to the waiting crowds…

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Lancaster’s Green MEP takes youth climate strikers to European Parliament in Brussels

20/09/2019
The trip was created due to the overwhelming interest in how European Parliament works, along with the role of MEPs and how Green MEPs in particular, are working to place climate action and climate justice at the very top of the parliamentary agenda…

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Thousands strike to demand global action on climate change

19/09/2019
Gina Dowding, Green MEP for the North West of England, said: “I would urge anyone who can, to join the Global Climate Strike on Friday. I’ll be at the strike in Preston before going through to the Lancaster event. It’s vital that we all get behind this demand for climate justice…”

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European Union trip for eco-warrior Chorley teenager who was banned from her school prom

19/09/2019
Isobel Deady, 16, has travelled to the European Parliament as part of a group of 17 young climate campaigners. She was taken to Brussels by the North West’s Green Party MEP Gina Dowding to learn more about climate work currently being done at the home of the EU…

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Activists take on European Parliament

19/09/2019
17 young environmentalists from across the north west as they went on a trip to Brussels – organised by Green Party MEP for the North West, Gina Dowding – to discuss climate change with the European Parliament, NGOS, and other climate activists…

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Members of European Parliament slam India for denying Kashmiris’ right to self determination

17/09/2019
Gina Dowding, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, voiced concerns over the lockdown which continued for more than one month…

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Gina Dowding on Israel’s “systematic humiliation of Palestinians”

16/09/2019
“Israel’s decades-long illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories is a systematic humiliation of Palestinians in the West Bank…”

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Green Euro MP is heading to West Cumbria

12/09/2019
The first ever Green Euro MP in the North West is set to visit West Cumbria later this month. Gina Dowding is heading to the west of the county on September 27/28…

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Greens get ready for a General Election

08/09/2019
With a snap General Election looming on the horizon, the Green Party of England and Wales deputy leader Amelia Womack has called for the party to field its highest ever number of candidates…

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Cuadrilla warned over three more permit breaches at fracking site

05/09/2019
“It is now time for Cuadrilla to leave Lancashire. Their continued disrespect for regulations and the community in which they operate, is astounding…”

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Britain on course to become a ‘failed state’, says UK MEP

04/09/2019
“If we continue on this trajectory we are on a path to becoming a failed state in Europe. But no deal is not a done deal. We can still stop Brexit…”

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Tremors continue as data shows strongest seismicity followed Cuadrilla’s final frack

02/09/2019
“The residents of Preston New Road community and Lancashire deserve better. It is now clear that Cuadrilla have failed to work within the limits of the seismic traffic light system…”

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Greens fight Boris Johnson’s parliament shutdown

01/09/2019
“People have come out in their thousands, standing in the pouring rain, to stand up for our rights as citizens, exposing the lie that this was all about taking back control…”

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North West MEPs to speak at Climate Emergency debate at Wilmslow

01/09/2019
The debate will include a panel of three of north west MEPs; Jane Brophy (Liberal Democrats), Julie Ward (Labour) and Gina Dowding (Green)…

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Thousands flood into Manchester city centre for ‘Stop The Coup’ protest

01/09/2019
Speaking afterwards Green Party MEP for the North West Gina Dowding told the Manchester Evening News: “This is really now about a fight for democracy…”

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New government, new climate change induced records and new nuclear

28/08/2019
This week, Boris Johnson became prime minister of the UK off the back of the votes of just 92,000 Conservative Party members. Like many, prominent Greens have been deeply critical of his ascent to power and the appointment of his cabinet….

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The new row over county’s stance on fracking and regulation

18/07/2019
Back in May, a motion was put forward by Green Party County Coun Gina Dowding welcoming the government’s decision not to increase the strength of earth tremors which can occur before fracking has to be suspended…

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Tories again block council’s call to protect rules on fracking earth tremors

18/07/2019
“This industry is lobbying the government to change the seismic limits to the detriment of the communities in which they operate. This underhand behaviour must be resisted…”

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‘You Can Be a County Councillor – and Still Have a Life’

09/07/2019
“You have to enjoy talking to people and be patient, because things do take time…”

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New Appearances, New Leaders and New MEPs: UK Green News Round Up

08/07/2019
Blue moon spotters were in luck this week. A Green Party politician was on the BBC’s flagship political debate show Question Time…

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First Green MEP for North West Takes Seat in EU Parliament

04/07/2019
The first ever Green MEP for North West England has officially taken her seat in the EU Parliament this week, during the opening session of the new term in Strasbourg…

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The Green Party, Brexit and the BBC

24/06/2019
“I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to the voters who elected me as the Green Party Member of the European Parliament last month. As a member of the European Parliament, I pledge to work to strengthen the democratic process, strongly pushing back against the government’s extreme views on Brexit…”

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‘When You’re in Green Politics, You’ve Got to Have Confidence’: MEP Gina Dowding on Europe’s Green Wave

04/06/2019
Two years ago, Gina Dowding was arrested and charged after locking herself on to pipes and obstructing a road in protest of a fracking site in north-west England. On May 27th, 2019, she was elected to the European Parliament…

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