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Green co-leader Carla Denyer praised for Question Time appearance

By Mia Vines Booth , Friday Apr 21, 2023

Bristol West Green Party MP candidate, Carla Denyer, has been praised for her responses on Question Time on Thursday evening.

The co-leader of the Green Party appeared on the BBC One political debate show alongside Labour’s shadow health secretary Wes Streeting, financial journalist and podcaster Merry Somerset Webb, and the former archbishop of York, John Sentamu.

Presenter Fiona Bruce questioned the Clifton Down councillor on everything from Just Stop Oil disruption and climate change to strikes and small business.

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Denyer was praised by many in the Green Party for her response to Streeting’s assertion that climate activism was not compatible with politics.

“The UK has the leakiest homes in Europe,” she said.

“People are spending so much on their energy bills only for it to blow out the windows, and the doors, because it’s poorly insulated.”

“I used to work as a renewable engineer, I chose to step out of that industry into politics because I saw that the reason wind farms weren’t being built fast enough, and all the rest, was not technology, it was political will.

“Just got to this bit. Absolutely cracking rebuttal from Carla to the patronising nonsense thrown at her by other panellists,” said Lancaster Green councillor Jack Lenox.

Former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, deputy Green leader Zack Polanski, and leader of the Oxford Greens Chris Javis were also among those that took to social media to praise her responses.

Denyer also discussed bringing in a major home insulation programme as a way to mitigate the cost of living crisis, and discussed the ways the Green Party would support small businesses.

But Kye Dudd, Labour councillor for Southmead and cabinet member for climate, ecology, waste and energy said: “Everything Carla said on Question Time last night should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt, as her party always say one thing but does another.”

“She says she wants immediate action on the climate emergency, but Green Party councillors voted to block the installation of a low-carbon heat network.

“She says she wants to resolve the housing crisis, but Green Party councillors consistently object to any new homes being built in their wards.

“She says she wants more active travel infrastructure, but Green Party councillors refused to support a budget that included a second liveable neighbourhood in BS3.”

Bristol24/7 will be putting your questions to Carla Denyer in our next quarterly magazine. If you would like to put forward a question, please email [email protected].

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