Ivory Bill Committee

Another day on the Ivory Bill Committee and another step closer to introducing one of the world’s strictest bans. The number of elephants has declined by almost a third in the last decade and around 20,000 a year are still being slaughtered because of the global demand for ivory. The UK Government continues to show…

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Smart Meters

Today I spoke in favour of a bill to cap Energy prices. We currently have an unfair and broken system which punishes people who are loyal customers. People in the Chippenham constituency are overpaying for energy by nearly 8 million which is nearly £300 a year for over 27,000 families! The cap will be temporary…

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Protecting the Environment and preserving it for future generations

Protecting the Environment and preserving it for future generations is an issue of great concern to me and many constituents. Some of my work has included campaigning hard to support the renewable energy sector both locally and nationally, to protect and enhance local rivers alongside the Environment Agency, to reduce household waste and encourage recycling…

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Banning microbeads

Yesterday the Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed that legislation would be introduced this year to ban the sale and manufacture of microbeads in products ranging from toothpastes to shower gels. Several constituents have contacted me regarding the tiny plastic pieces known as “microbeads” and I have in the past written to Ministers asking them to…

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