Personal/Party Statement – Green Question Time 2015

On 10th April we hosted a Green Question Time, attended by Steven Jackson (Conservative) and Angela Smith (Labour) and chaired by Paul Bridges.

Both candidates were invited to give an opening statement about their Party’s environmental policies and their local priorities:


Steven Jackson for web

After the 2010 General Election the conservatives were the largest party and promised to be the greenest government ever. However, the financial crisis and governing in a coalition meant that to some extent environmental policy and Big Society was sidelined. However we still have a proud record over the last five years. Recycling rates are four times higher than in 2010, waste top landfill is down by 2 billion tonnes, 11 million trees have been planted and 10,000 km of rivers cleaned up. Marine Conservation Areas have provided protection for sensitive areas for the first time.

The use of brownfield sites through regeneration for housing and commercial use is something I have been involved in personally.

Priorities

  • To ensure that unproductive wind farms are stopped
  • To build more housing while protecting green field sites
  • To build public and community transport

Angela Smith for webMy priorities would be

Legislation for the de-carbonisation of the UK electricity supply by 2030 to ensure that the targets in the Climate Change Act are met

To ensure the UK has strong representation at the next Climate Change talks

The development of a low carbon economy through the great opportunities in new green businesses and energy efficiency. There are about 1 million potential jobs in the sector. Labour would give borrowing powers to the Green Investment Bank to fund new green businesses

Invest heavily in energy efficiency. The Green Deal has been done poorly.

Introduce a national adaptation programme for climate change. And a 25 year plan for the recovery of nature

On animal welfare – halt the badger cull, maintain the hunting ban and introduce new laws covering the breeding and sale of dogs to improve their conditions


Final Question

(but recorded here as it is a more personal statement than a position on an issue)

What would you want to know before making a decision for or against something?

Angela Smith for web

Is it in the long term interests of the country and everyone living in it?


Steven Jackson for webI would like to be able to see a snapshot of a household 50 years into the future and effect that the decision had.

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