Our environment should be left in a better state for future generations. Working with environmental charities and groups, I'll encourage improvements to our marine and rural habitats and reducing single-use plastics.
East Devon is one of the most beautiful places in the UK.
Part of protecting our environment is ensuring that we have the right regulations in the country to stop us from imported diseases that could severely damage our flora.
Equally, the Government has done much to protect the environment. The Government’s 25-year Environmental Strategy laid out how the UK will take action on a number of fronts, which will achieve, amongst other things, cleaner air, thriving plants and wildlife and enhancing the beauty of our natural environment. You can find the full report here.
One change that we can make in our lives is to reduce our use of single-use plastics, such as plastic knives, forks and water bottles. Single-use plastics are extremely dangerous, not only for our natural environment, but also for wildlife that can ingest plastic bags and then die. It is something that we should all do more to prevent and I am therefore calling on everyone in East Devon to do what they can to lower the amount of plastics that they use.
I am a Patron of The Seahorse Trust based in Topsham. Tragically, seahorses are threatened in Devon, the UK and around the world. I look forward to working with The Seahorse Trust to continue to raise public and political awareness of much-needed conservation efforts for seahorses and the broader marine environment.
In November 2018, I secured a Parliamentary debate on the illegal trade in seahorses, which highlighted that 150 million seahorses are illegally traded around the world every year for the curio and medicine trade.
We are awaiting the next stages of the Agriculture Bill. This piece of legislation sets out how we can replace the Common Agricultural Policy and deliver strong environmental protections after Brexit. You can read my contribution to the latest stage of the debate in the House of Commons here.
I have tabled an amendment on County Farms to the Agriculture Bill, which you can read here. County Farms provide an invaluable route into farming for those with smaller means.