Steve Beasant

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Great Grimsby and Councillor for the East Marsh Learn more

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The Liberal Democrats have welcomed Michael Gove’s announcement to increase sentences for animal welfare offences to up to five years, a policy taken from the Liberal Democrat manifesto, but warn that he should clamp down on illegal pet imports. In January this year, the government said there were no plans to extend maximum sentencing in response to parliamentary questions […]

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Hammond is conning the public on housing

by Steve Beasant on 22 November, 2017

There are millions of people in desperate need of a home or paying extortionate rents who will not see any improvement to their living conditions. The following article was written by Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government Wera Hobhouse and published today on the Liberal Democrat Website.  Far from the £15 billion promised by […]

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Plastic waste charge is a victory for the Liberal Democrats

by Steve Beasant on 22 November, 2017

The Liberal Democrats have long campaigned to reduce plastic waste – and today’s announcement in the budget is a major victory. The following article was written by the Former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and published today on the the Liberal Democrat Website. In today’s budget, Philip Hammond announced that he would consider charges on single-use […]

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Gove’s Department using 1,400 disposable coffee cups a day

by Steve Beasant on 21 November, 2017

Over 2.5 million disposable coffee cups have been purchased by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the past five years, figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed. This is equivalent to almost 1,400 a day. The Liberal Democrats said the figures showed Michael Gove “needs to get his own house in order,” […]

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Former Lib Dem Leader Tim Farron has called on the government to commit to keeping animal welfare laws after Britain has left the EU. The South Lakes MP today met with representatives from Cumbrian eggs business ‘Lakes Free Range’ at an event in Parliament hosted by the RSPCA to discuss the impact of Brexit on […]

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Plastic litter in UK seas rises by 150% in one year

by Steve Beasant on 3 November, 2017

The amount of litter in Britain’s seas has increased by more than 150% in a year, figures published by DEFRA show. An average of 358 litter items were found per square kilometre of seabed in 2016, a 158% rise on the previous year, and 222% higher than the average for 1992-94. Almost 78% of the litter […]

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Government gives into pressure over coffee cup charge

by Steve Beasant on 1 November, 2017

Environment Minister Therese Coffey has said the government will consider introducing a coffee cup charge charge to tackle the 2.5 billion disposable cups thrown away each year. It comes despite the same minister last year rejecting Liberal Democrat calls for a charge to be introduced, claiming that coffee shop chains are already taking enough action to cut […]

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CO2 emissions hit record high

by Steve Beasant on 30 October, 2017

If we continue as we are, we will miss the Paris Agreement targets. The following article was written by Ed Davey. The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high. As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in […]

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Tim Farron responds to Lancet report on pollution

by Steve Beasant on 22 October, 2017

Tim Farron has accused the government of being silent on pollution, which according to a new report in the Lancet is responsible for one in six deaths worldwide. Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “Pollution is a silent killer that the government has itself been silent on for far […]

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Farm profits may halve after Brexit – Tim Farron

by Steve Beasant on 11 October, 2017

Farm profits could fall by as much as half after Brexit, new research suggests. The report, by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), says the “worst-case scenario” would cut average farm profits from £38,000 a year to just £15,000. Former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron commented: “This shows what a disastrous situation ‘no deal’ would […]

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