Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

02 MAY 2019

Climate Change

Thank you for taking the time to email me about climate change.

I do think that Extinction Rebellion have made a difference. It is likely that the government is not going to hit its own future targets in this area and I think it will need to set out its next steps addressing the need to do more to tackle climate change.

We need to encourage more people out of cars and onto public transport and invest in better cycle infrastructure as well as apply a 'polluter pays' principle to allow greater diversion of funding to less polluting ways to travel and shop.

In my view, we are still overly dependent on fossil fuels and whilst on track to meet our short term legal targets to decarbonise, in the long term we are set to fall short. The five hottest years for global surface temperatures since records began have been since 2010 and evidence for the effect of greenhouse gas emissions in causing this rapidly escalating effect is now overwhelming. It is time in my view it is also time to move away from investing in polluting technologies to something that allows a better future for our children than one dominated by the misery of climate change. Freak weather extremes will increasingly become a new but frightening normal.

You can view a statement on this matter from the Minister responsible for climate change here.

The following announcement from BEIS may also be of interest.

Following the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) special report the government has written to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) asking whether further action is needed to meet the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement. You can read more about this here.

I am delighted that Greta Thunberg was able to address a meeting of the APPG in Parliament. Sadly this clashed with an existing commitment to the EU election campaign for the South West. Remaining as part of a progressive EU will also be a more effective way of tackling climate change than will be achieved if we are driven by the ideology of Nigel Farage, UKIP and the right wing of the Conservative Party. Greta has had a remarkable impact.

I did attend and speak in the debate on climate change yesterday and you can view my contribution and the full transcript of the debate here.

Thank you for getting in touch and I can assure you that Change UK are listening to views on climate change.

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