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.

28 OCT 2019

Onshore Wind Projects

Thank you very much for writing to me about onshore wind. I absolutely agree with that, in order to tackle the climate emergency we are facing, we need increased focus on renewable energy, including onshore wind. I can assure you that Lib Dems in Government would remove barriers to new onshore wind projects.

Below is the relevant extract from the Lib Dem's policy for tackling climate change:

8.1.3 Although solar PV and onshore wind are now the cheapest ways to generate electricity and are continuing to fall in price, they are currently constrained by Conservative prejudice. Estimates suggest that between them they could provide 20 per cent of current levels of power generation; this would also cut energy bills (by an estimated £50 per household per year from current prices), treble the number of jobs supported by the onshore wind sector to 31,000 and boost exports. We would scrap planning restrictions on onshore wind in England.

If you would like to read more, the complete policy document can be found here:

I hope to drop into and contribute to the debate later today although I will not be able to make a full speech as I have commitments that mean I cannot be there for the whole debate.

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