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FORMER ENVIRONMENT MINISTER VISITS SUTTON TO SUPPORT LABOUR’S LOCAL CAMPAIGN FOR A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT
WEDNESDAY 9 JULY 2014

 

Photo – Emily with Michael Meacher MP


Former Labour Environment Minister, Michael Meacher MP visited Sutton yesterday to support Labour’s campaign for a sustainable environment. In discussing climate change and energy reform with Emily Brothers, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Sutton and Cheam, Mr Meacher said:
“I’m appalled by the Complacency shown by Sutton Liberal Democrats in tackling climate change. They’ve got the audacity to claim to be advancing green policies at the same time as their performance in recycling is sliding. I understand they have pulled stunts that have included the dumping of rubbish in the High Street to gain publicity, but this isn’t any answer to securing an enduring environment for future generations.
“I’m also acutely aware that Lib Dem and Tories alike are missing an opportunity to address the cost of living crisis owing to their reckless policy on the environment. Rising water bills are contributing to the cost of living crisis, with over two million homes in England and Wales spending more than five per cent of household income on water. Labour would require water companies to fund a national affordability scheme to help those struggling to pay.”
Emily Brothers said:
“It is a Scandal that a Food Bank is needed in Sutton and Cheam, demonstrating the failure of Paul Burstow to meet the challenges of income inequality. The Trussell Trust helped over 2,000 people in Sutton alone over the last year, whilst across the country providing 738,000 people with at least three days’ emergency food in 2013, up from just 26,000 people in the whole of 2009/10. Paul Burstow should accept the impact that the cost of living crisis is having on the increased reliance on food aid.”

 

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