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“Stop wasting food”, European Parliament says

by Steve Beasant on 17 March, 2017

On Tuesday, the European Parliament overwhelmingly supported EU-wide plans to cut down on food waste. The EU’s food waste package calls for non-binding targets for EU countries to cut their food waste down by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. This is in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The food waste […]

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Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake, joined forces with environment groups and scientists in urging the Government to ban all products that use microbeads and risk getting into the marine environment. Microbeads are tiny bits of plastic that are added to products like shower gels, face scrubs, toothpaste, make-up, sunscreen and household […]

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In celebration of World Wildlife Day, Catherine Bearder MEP picks out her top wildlife wins and losses of 2016-17 Mrs Bearder said: “2016 was a historic year in the global fight against wildlife crime. From the ivory bans to the new CITES protection for over 500 species – there is a lot we can be […]

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Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron is calling for the government to introduce a new ‘Warmer Homes, Cheaper Heating’ insulation scheme to support residents living in fuel poverty. Figures show that more than 1 in 10 households in Westmorland and Lonsdale live in fuel poverty, and it is thought that cold homes […]

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Tim Farron‘s speech on Powering A New Economy:  How a Clean Energy Revolution Means Britain Can Lead the World. It’s possible that there are varying views in this room on the wisdom or otherwise of the UK leaving the EU and indeed of the UK leaving single market. Catastrophic scenarios about both are presented and […]

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Why a clean energy revolution could mean Britain can lead the world. A year ago the world had finally come to a consensus. People across the globe agreed there was a desperate need to tackle climate change. This was best symbolised by the Paris Agreement, an agreement to legally binding limits for global temperature rises […]

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Climate change threat requires real action says Tim Farron

by Steve Beasant on 14 February, 2017

Liberal Democrat MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale Tim Farron last night spoke out about the need for real action on climate change at an event at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, organised to coincide with a showing of Before The Flood. Before the Flood is a documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio which explores the impact […]

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Plans to expand Heathrow show that the Government is desperate to reassure businesses as it pursues a hard Brexit. Responding to proposals published by the Government today for a third runway at Heathrow Airport, Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston Sarah Olney said: “The Government is so desperate to reassure businesses over […]

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Departure of Five Star Movement lands major blow to UKIP

by Steve Beasant on 11 January, 2017

Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder comments on the departure of the Italian Five Star Movement from the UKIP group: “I look forward to working constructively with the Five Star Movement in areas where we share the same values, in particular protecting the environment upon which I have worked closely with some of their leading MEPs […]

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Watch: Tom Brake’s intervention on Emergency Aleppo Debate

by Steve Beasant on 21 December, 2016

Watch Tom Brake‘s urgent intervention on the Emergency Debate on International action to protect civilians in Aleppo and Syria, commenting on the humanitarian crisis. Commenting on the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokesperson Tom Brake said: “While Assad has brutally torn Syria apart, the UK government has failed to […]

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