Ruth George Statement – Commitment to the Environment and Sustainability

I have been campaigning for practical solutions to promote sustainability in High Peak for many years – whether it’s against greenfield developments of large houses, or to improve traffic congestion and reduce air pollution. As a trade unionst, I am also committed to reducing poverty and improving democracy.

I therefore had no problem in agreeing to the campaign commitments requested by the Green Party of:

  1. Support for a programme of action which seriously addresses climate change, one of the biggest threats that the UK and the world faces.
  2. Opposition to a ‘ hard Brexit’ and, in particular to any dilution of the employment rights and protection of the environment that our current membership of the European Union helps provide.
  3. Active campaigning for voting reform to improve democracy in the UK.

So I am delighted to receive the support of High Peak Green Party in beating the Conservatives and I can assure everyone in High Peak that if elected as your MP, I will work in Parliament to protect our environment, tackle poverty and improve our public services, to make High Peak an even better place to live and work.

Investing in our environment is investing in our future. Labour will defend and extend existing environmental protections.

I will oppose fracking anywhere in the UK and promote a transition to renewable energy.

We will champion sustainable farming, food and fishing by investing in and promoting skills, technology, market access and innovation.

The Conservatives broke their promise to be the ‘greenest government ever’. They have allowed fracking in national parks, evaded their responsibilities on air quality, and cut the funding for flood defences. The future of our farming, food and fishing industries hangs in the balance, to be used as negotiating leverage in Brexit negotiations.

Only a Labour government will prioritise a sustainable, long term future for our farming, fishing and food industries, invest in rural and coastal communities and guarantee the protection and advancement of environmental standards. The Conservatives’ record on combating climate change and environmental damage has been one of inaction and broken promises.

Our air illegal air quality is responsible for 40,000 early deaths each year, and Labour will introduce a new Clean Air Act to deal with this.

We will establish Blue Belts in the seas and oceans surrounding the UK and set guiding targets for plastic bottle deposit schemes, working with food manufacturers and retailers to reduce and where possible re-use waste.

We will protect our bees by banning neonicotinoids.

We will work with farmers and foresters to plant a million trees of native species to promote biodiversity and better flood management and Labour will keep our forests in public hands.