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Natalie Bennett

The Green Party elected Natalie Bennett as its leader in September. She spoke to Adam Smith about her keenness to improve the party’s standing among scientists.

Are you confident that the Green Party is listening to the right people when it develops policy?

Absolutely. One of the difficulties, though, is that we draw on experts who don’t necessarily want to be seen. I just had a stream of emails from someone who’s quite prominent, saying, “Here’s my advice but don’t quote me and don’t forward this email.” Many are advisers to government or senior experts for NGOs. They see us as one way of influencing government policy but they want to be seen to be unbiased and above the political fray.

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