David Drew MP: Working for people and planet
We must put green issues at the heart of everything we have do
● On Climate crisis:
“Labour led the debate which made the UK the first Parliament to declare a climate emergency.
“We’re committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2050; but with investments in renewables, greener transport, homes and agriculture, we aim to meet this earlier.
“We would invest in renewables so that by 2030, 60 per cent of our energy comes from low carbon or renewable sources.”
● On Cleaner air:
“Poor air quality costs lives, which is why we urgently need Labour’s proposed Clean Air Act. It’s also why I’m calling for an end to the use of incineration to dispose of waste. And it’s also another reason why I try to cycle whenever I can!”
● On Protecting biodiversity:
“As Shadow Minister for farming, I’ve been working to support small farmers to enable them to protect our environment, wildlife and landscape, as well as produce food sustainably.
“From protecting hedgerows to ending the badger cull, looking after our wildlife must be at the heart of everything we do.”
● On Reducing plastics:
“We can all find ways to reduce our use of plastics, and I’ve been working with schools and other organisations to support efforts to go plastic free. I’ve also lobbied packaging producers to do more to reduce waste.”
● On Supporting rural communities:
“Healthy countryside needs thriving communities: that’s why I’m backing calls for better transport links, better health and social care, and investment in our rural communities.”