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  • Green Liberal Democrats
    Article: May 17, 2018
    By Simon Oliver

    Two announcements today throw into sharp relief the detachment from reality currently being suffered by the Tory government.

    In one, it has been announced that the UK is among a group of EU countries being prosecuted by the EU for air pollution violations. This could lead to significant fines, which will no doubt be used by Brexit fanatics as a justification for leaving. After all, they are our children, so we can gas them if we want to!!!!

  • Ed Davey (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)
    Article: Apr 12, 2018
    By Edward Robinson in Liberal Democrat Voice

    E d Davey's contribution (on the next steps to decarbonize the UK) to a new collection of essays from the Social Liberal Forum is a tour de force in strategic thinking.

    One of the great strengths of Liberal thought through the ages has been an ability to find practical, scientifically and economically-sound solutions to pressing social challenges. For an excellent example of this, from someone who has held high office, look no further than Sir Ed Davey's essay in Four Go In Search of Big Ideas, which not only provides a wide-ranging discussion of the challenges of decarbonising the UK's economy in line with the aims of the Paris Agreement but also presents up-to-date policy suggestions to support the deployment of cutting-edge green tech.

  • South Lincolnshire Reservoir ()
    Article: Apr 3, 2018
    By Adam Brookes

    Water company Anglian Water are working on plans for a new large reservoir near Spalding.

    The proposed South Lincolnshire Reservoir would have a capacity of around 50,000 million litres. That's about 20,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

    For comparison, Anglian Water's Rutland Water reservoir has a capacity of around 120,000 million litres and Grafham Water near Huntington is around 60,000 million litres.

  • Jo Swinson speaking at Lib Dem conference.
    Article: Mar 30, 2018
    By Simone Van Beek
    Today Jo Swinson releases an exclusive report into the use of excess packaging in the presentation of Easter eggs.

    Swinson's report, which outlines the use of plastics by all major Easter egg manufacturers, highlights the need for companies to cut down the use of plastics to protect our oceans and reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic waste ending up in landfills.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2018

    Water is life. Access to clean water, and the availability of hygienic disposal of human waste, affects every aspect of human health, as well as education, economies and livelihoods.

    Today is World Water Day, and competition for this increasingly scarce resource is affecting the environmental integrity and biodiversity of our world.

  • Plastic waste floating on the surface of water. Plastic like this is wreaking havoc on the environment
    Article: Jan 31, 2018
    By Alistair Carmichael MP

    The average seafood consumer eats around 11,000 plastic particles a year. Plastic pollution in our oceans is having a devastating effect - and we need to act now to solve it.

    The world's oceans are slowly turning into a plastic soup.

    Unless we take action, plastic waste will continue to pollute our oceans with devastating effect.

  • Tim Farron MP
    Article: Jan 5, 2018
    By Tim Farron

    More than 7 million coffee cups are thrown away every single day. It's why we're campaigning for a charge on disposable cups - and now that campaign has been backed by an influential group of MPs.

    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 on coffee cups since September 2016 and were the only party to include the policy in their 2017 Manifesto.

    The policy would build on the success of the 5p charge on plastic bags introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government, which has slashed usage in England by over 80%.

    The Liberal Democrats were the only party to include the policy in their 2017 Manifesto.

    I'm glad our call for a coffee cup charge is gaining traction.

    The evidence is clear that these levies work - the 5p charge on plastic bags has massively reduced usage and helped protect our environment.

    The government must introduce a levy on disposable coffee cups as soon as possible, starting with its own catering services.

    Every day that ministers sit and do nothing, another half-a-million cups will end up needlessly littering our towns and countryside.

  • rural
    Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Tim Farron

    Michael Gove's announcement today insults British farmers and shows that he doesn't understand the industry.

    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 claims are farming "subsidies for inefficiency".

    For Gove to imply that farm payments are a reward for inefficiency is an insult to British farmers.

    It shows he has no understanding of the reality of farming in this country.

    British farmers are some of the most efficient and dynamic in the world.

    Farm payments compensate for the fact that the market is broken, because supermarkets and processors dominate the industry and exploit farmers.

    The overwhelming majority of livestock and dairy farmers would be in the red if it wasn't for direct farm payments.

    Gove's announcement also does nothing to address the impending tariff catastrophe facing farmers once we leave the single market.

  • Article: Nov 22, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have long campaigned to reduce plastic waste - and today's announcement in the budget is a major victory.

    In today's budget, Philip Hammond announced that he would consider charges on single-use plastic items to reduce waste.

    It comes following a Liberal Democrat campaign to introduce a charge on disposable coffee cups, to reduce the billions of cups thrown away in the UK each year.

  • Tim Farron MP
    Article: Nov 22, 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," after he vowed yesterday to tackle plastic pollution.

    516,000 disposable coffee cups have been purchased by DEFRA's catering and facilities providers in the last year alone, for use in restaurants and cafés across the Department's offices.

    The catering contractors did not previously provide any reusable cups, but purchased 200 reusable cups on the 31st October 2017, after the Department received a Freedom of Information request from the Liberal Democrats.

    Figures uncovered by the party have revealed the House of Commons is also failing to get to grips with coffee cup waste, having got through almost four million disposable cups in the past five years.

    657,000 disposable cups have been purchased by the Commons' catering service in the last year alone, equivalent to 1,000 per MP. 500 reusable "Keep cups" were purchased in 2013, but only four of these have been sold in the last three years.

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for the introduction of a charge on disposable coffee cups in the Budget, following the success of the party's plastic bag charge which has reduced usage in England by 85% since it was introduced.

    Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Tim Farron commented:

    "It's astounding that the department which is supposed to be protecting our environment is responsible for such a colossal amount of waste.

    "Millions of plastic cups have been thrown away by the government, some of which will now be polluting our seas, rivers and countryside.

    "Michael Gove needs to get his own house in order.

    "A coffee cup charge should be introduced in the Budget to tackle waste and encourage the use of reusable cups, including in the civil service and Parliament.

    "Just like the plastic bag charge, this would reduce unnecessary waste while raising millions for charity."

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