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.


31 OCT 2019

Environmental Protection and Bees

Thank you very much for writing to me about environmental protection. Please be assured that, if I am re-elected, I will be fighting to protect our environment and that means both strong legislation and also a regulator with the enforcement powers to make sure it is effective.

Earlier this month, I arranged for Wera Hobhouse, the Lib Dem Environment spokesperson, to attend a meeting in Totnes to discuss concerns about climate change with the local community. The Liberal Democrat Party has an ambitious policy for tackling climate change, which you can read here:

https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/libdems/pages/46346/attachments/original/1564404765/139_-_Tackling_the_Climate_Emergency_web.pdf?1564404765

Brexit is an important issue in the context of climate change, because leaving the EU under the current deal removes us from the existing legislation on environmental protection, for example the EU ban on the noenicitinoid pesticides which are so damaging to the bee population. It also reduces our ability to work collaboratively with our EU partners which, currently, is a great help in addressing the climate emergency more effectively.

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