• Hugo Swire appears to refuse to sign vital nature pledge

    24th April 2017 | News | Claire
  • Over 200 MPs nationally have signed up to the promise, including Hugo Swire’s party colleague, Neil Parish.  Exeter MP, Ben Bradshaw has also signed.

    Mr Swire has been asked twice to support the pledge by environmental groups – and I have twice asked him via Twitter over recent weeks.

    But so far silence has ensued. 

    This is very disappointing and I hope our MP will sign up as soon as possible. I am sure that many of his constituents would feel very let down knowing that he appears not to support the pledge.

    The pledge – link here – http://greeneruk.org/pledge.php –  is:

    “I believe that following the EU referendum, the UK government, working with administrations in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh, must build a healthy and prosperous future for all.

    “This means a thriving natural world on land and at sea, clean air and water, communities connected to nature, and a sustainable economy.

    “For the wellbeing of my constituents, for people at home and abroad, and for future generations who will depend on a flourishing and secure planet, I will do everything in my power to:

    – establish the UK as a world leader on the environment by committing to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections;
    – ensure the UK leads on climate change by publishing robust low carbon investment plans and ratifying the Paris Agreement in 2016;
    – create a countryside richer in nature by supporting farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.

    Pic:  Aylesbeare Common, which is currently highly protected under EU legislation.