Steve Beasant

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

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Gove announcement is an insult to British farmers

by Steve Beasant on 5 January, 2018

Michael Gove’s announcement today insults British farmers and shows that he doesn’t understand the industry. The following article was written by Tim Farron and published yesterday on the Lib Dem Website. Today, in a speech on his vision the future of our farming industry DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove has called for a move away from what he […]

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MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee have published a report backing Liberal Democrat calls for a charge on disposable coffee cups. The Committee has called on the Government to introduce a 25p levy on disposable coffee cups and a target to ensure they are all recycled by 2023. The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning for a charge […]

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An interim report into building safety regulations commissioned in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire has warned that the current system is “not fit for purpose,” due in part to weak enforcement of the rules and lack of clarity over who is responsible. Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented: “This […]

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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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