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CONSERVATIVES - BREACHED AIR POLLUTION LAWS

 

 

The Conservatives are a political party that are happy for people to die from air pollution to allow ...

 

The Government knowingly relied on 'optimistic' vehicle emissions tests and ignored 'higher, more realistic' figures in order to delay action by up to a decade, judge says. The High Court has ruled against the Government over its failure to tackle illegal air pollution (November 2016).

Environmental legal group ClientEarth described the decision as a "damning indictment of ministers’ inaction on killer air pollution".

Mr Justice Garnham decided the Environment Secretary had failed to take steps to bring the UK into compliance with the law "as soon as possible".

In an echo of the Volkswagen vehicle emissions scandal, the judge said ministers knew an overly optimistic model of pollution was being used, ClientEarth said in a statement.

ClientEarth's chief executive James Thornton said: "I am pleased the judge agrees with us that the Government could and should be doing more to deal with air pollution and protecting people’s health. That’s why we went to court.

"I challenge Theresa May to take immediate action now to deal with illegal levels of pollution and prevent tens of thousands of additional early deaths in the UK. The High Court has ruled that more urgent action must be taken. Britain is watching and waiting, Prime Minister.”

According to Government estimates, some 40,000 people die prematurely in the UK as a result of air pollution.

In his judgment, Mr Justice Garnham said:

"It is apparent that Defra recognised that they were adopting an optimistic forecast as the foundation for their modelling," he wrote, saying this was used to justify putting off the creation of several low-emission zones in urban areas until 2020 or 2025.

But the judge pointed to a Cabinet briefing note from last year which said "emerging findings from real-world testing by independent experts ... suggest emissions for Euro 6 [a group of vehicles] are significantly higher than previously thought".

This, he said, was "remarkable". "It means that the Government is acknowledging that its plan is built around a forecast based on figures which 'emerging data' is underminin g and that if higher, more realistic, assumptions for emissions are made the number of zones which will not meet the [air pollution] limit value in 2020 increases substantially," Mr Justice Garnham said.

"It seems to me plain that by the time the plan was introduced the assumption underlying the Secretary of State's assessment of the extent of likely future non-compliance [with legal pollution limits] had already been shown to be markedly optimistic."

ClientEarth presented evidence which it said showed that George Osborne had illegally blocked stricter controls of air pollution when he was Chancellor on the grounds it would cost too much.

Mr Justice Garnham ruled the Environment Secretary "fell into error by adopting too optimistic a model for future emissions" and also by deciding to comply with the law only by 2020 – and 2025 in London.

He quashed the Government air quality plan, saying the Environment Secretary must "aim to achieve compliance by the soonest date possible".

This is the second time ClientEarth has won a court battle with the Government over air pollution. In 2015, the Supreme Court decided the Government was not doing enough to reduce pollution levels to within legal limits. Ministers were forced to draw up a new air quality plan, the one that has now again been ruled illegal. 

Barbara Stoll, an air pollution campaigner at Greenpeace, said: “This judgment matters to every person breathing in the UK but it can only be called a victory when the levels of toxic air actually start to go down.

"Which means the Government needs to properly police the car industry who are still permitted to produce cars that emit up to 14 times over the legal limit.

 

The United Kingdom has many political parties, some of which are represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Below are links to the websites of the political parties that were represented in the House of Commons after the 2015 General Election:

 

 

CONSERVATIVE MPS 2017-2018

 

 

Theresa May

 

Theresa May - Prime Mnister

MP for Maindenhead

 

Damian Green

 

Damian Green

MP for Ashford

 

Philip Hammond

 

Philip Hammond

MP Runnymede & Weybridge

 

Boris Johnson

 

Boris Johnson

MP Uxbridge & South Ruislip

 

Amber Rudd

 

Amber Rudd

MP Hastings & Rye

 

David Davis

 

David Davis

MP Haltemprice & Howden

 

Gavin Williamson

 

Gavin Williamson

MP South Staffordshire

 

Liam Fox

 

Liam Fox

MP North Somerset

 

David Lidlington

 

David Lidlington

MP for Aylesbury

 

Baroness Evans Bowes Park

 

 Baroness Evans

MP Bowes Park Haringey

 

Jeremy Hunt

 

Jeremy Hunt

MP South West Surrey

 

Justine Greening

 

Justine Greening

MP for Putney

 

Chris Grayling

 

Chris Grayling

MP Epsom & Ewell

 

Karen Bradley

 

Karen Bradley

MP Staffordshire Moorlands

 

Michael Gove

 

Michael Gove

MP Surrey Heath

 

David Gauke

 

David Gauke

MP South West Hertfordshire

 

Sajid Javid

 

Sajid Javid

MP for Bromsgrove

 

James Brokenshire

 

James Brokenshire

MP Old Bexley & Sidcup

 

Alun Cairns

 

 Alun Cairns

MP Vale of Glamorgan

 

David Mundell

 

 David Mundell MP

Dumfriesshire Clydes & Tweeddale

 

Patrick Mcloughlin

 

Patrick McLoughlin

MP Derbyshire Dales

 

Greg Clark

 

 Greg Clark

MP Tunbridge Wells

 

Penny Mordaunt

 

Penny Mordaunt

MP Portsmouth North

 

Andrea Leadsom

 

Andrea Leadsom

MP South Northamptonshire

 

Jeremy Wright

 

Jeremy Wright

MP Kenilworth & Southam

 

Elizabeth Truss

 

 Liz Truss

MP South West Norfolk

 

Brandon Lewis

 

Brandon Lewis

MP Great Yarmouth

 

MP

Nus Ghani

MP Wealden

 

 

 Huw Merriman

MP Battle

 

Steve Double

 

 Steve Double

MP St Austell & Newquay

 

Sarah Newton

 

Sarah Newton

MP Truro & Falmouth

 

Rebecca Pow

 

Rebecca Pow

MP Taunton Deane

 

Jacob Rees-Mogg

 

 Jacob Rees-Mogg

MP Somerset

 

Gavin Williamson

 

 Gavin Williamson

MP Staffordshire

 

 

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David Cameron

 

 David Cameron

Former Prime Minister

 

Margaret Thatcher

 

 Margaret Thatcher

Former Prime Minister

 

 

MP

 

CONSERVATIVE PARTY

CO-OPERATIVE PARTY

DEMOCRAT UNIONIST PARTY

GREEN PARTY

LABOUR PARTY

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

PLAID CYMRU

SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY

SINN FEIN

SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC AND LABOUR PARTY

UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY

ULSTER UNIONIST PARTY

 

Conservative Party

Co-operative Party

Democratic Unionist Party

Green Party

Labour Party

Liberal Democrats

Plaid Cymru

Scottish National Party

Sinn Féin

Social Democratic and Labour Party

UK Independence Party

Ulster Unionist Party

 

 

Party

Politics

Leader

Commons

Scottish

Wales

N.Ireland

London 

EU

Local 

Mem

Vote%

Conservative and Unionist Party

Centre-right

Theresa May

317

31

12

0

8

19

9,234

100,000 

42.4

Labour Party

Centre-left

Jeremy Corbyn

262

23

29 

N/A

12

20

6,470

575,000 

40.0

Scottish National Party

Centre-left

Nicola Sturgeon

35

63

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

430

120,000 

3.0

Liberal Democrats

Centre

Vince Cable

12

5

1

N/A

1

1

1,815

104,000

7.4

Democratic Unionist Party

Right-wing

Arlene Foster

10

N/A

N/A

28

N/A

1

104

N/A

0.9

Sinn Féin

Left-wing

Gerry Adams

7

N/A

N/A

27

N/A

1

105

N/A

0.7

Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales

Centre-left to left-wing

Leanne Wood

4

N/A

11

N/A

N/A

1

203

8,273

0.5

Green Party of England and Wales

Left-wing

Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley

1

N/A

N/A

N/A

2

3

187

45,643

1.6

 

 

We are concerned with how the make up of the above parties and (reasonably) popular policies affects the Wealden district, because we are all brothers on two islands in the Atlantic Ocean and what we do or fail to do is likely to rebound on ourselves and our fellow man in other nations around the world. How we act today influences policies in other countries in our global community. It is not just about us and our patch despite BREXIT.

 

 

 

 

 

DISTRICT & BOROUGH COUNCILS

 

East Sussex has five District and Borough Councils, each with a border on the coast. From west to east they are: 

 

Eastbourne Borough Council

Hastings Borough Council

Lewes District Council 

Rother District Council 

Wealden District Council

 

There is also East Sussex County Council as the provider of services to the 5 East Sussex districts.

 

As near neighbours and with councils now sharing facilities and working together, these area of Sussex are included in our remit and an area where climate change and affordable housing are issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature in every Council, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited.

 

 

Nigel Adams Selby and Ainsty
Bim Afolami Hitchin and Harpenden
Adam Afriyie Windsor
Peter Aldous Waveney
Lucy Allan Telford
Heidi Allen South Cambridgeshire
David Amess Southend West
Stuart Andrew Pudsey
Edward Argar Charnwood
Victoria Atkins Louth and Horncastle
Richard Bacon South Norfolk
Kemi Badenoch Saffron Walden
Steven Baker Wycombe
Harriett Baldwin West Worcestershire
Steve Barclay North East Cambridgeshire
John Baron Basildon and Billericay
Guto Bebb Aberconwy
Henry Bellingham North West Norfolk
Richard Benyon Newbury
Sir Paul Beresford Mole Valley
Jake Berry Rossendale and Darwen
Bob Blackman Harrow East
Crispin Blunt Reigate
Nick Boles Grantham and Stamford
Peter Bone Wellingborough
Peter Bottomley Worthing West
Andrew Bowie West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Ben Bradley Mansfield
Karen Bradley Staffordshire Moorlands
Graham Brady Altrincham and Sale West
Jack Brereton Stoke-on-Trent South
Andrew Bridgen North West Leicestershire
Steve Brine Winchester
James Brokenshire Old Bexley and Sidcup
Fiona Bruce Congleton
Robert Buckland South Swindon
Alex Burghart Brentwood and Ongar
Conor Burns Bournemouth West
Alistair Burt North East Bedfordshire
Alun Cairns Vale of Glamorgan
James Cartlidge South Suffolk
Bill Cash Stone
Maria Caulfield Lewes
Alex Chalk Cheltenham
Rehman Chishti Gillingham and Rainham
Christopher Chope Christchurch
Jo Churchill Bury St Edmunds
Greg Clark Tunbridge Wells
Colin Clark Gordon
Kenneth Clarke Rushcliffe
Simon Clarke Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
James Cleverly Braintree
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown The Cotswolds
Thérèse Coffey Suffolk Coastal
Damian Collins Folkestone and Hythe
Alberto Costa South Leicestershire
Robert Courts Witney
Geoffrey Cox Torridge and West Devon
Stephen Crabb Preseli Pembrokeshire
Tracey Crouch Chatham and Aylesford
Chris Davies Brecon and Radnorshire
David Davies Monmouth
Glyn Davies Montgomeryshire
Mims Davies Eastleigh
Philip Davies Shipley
David Davis Haltemprice and Howden
Caroline Dinenage Gosport
Jonathan Djanogly Huntingdon
Leo Docherty Aldershot
Michelle Donelan Chippenham
Nadine Dorries Mid Bedfordshire
Steve Double St Austell and Newquay
Oliver Dowden Hertsmere
Jackie Doyle-Price Thurrock
Richard Drax South Dorset
James Duddridge Rochford and Southend East
David Duguid Banff and Buchan
Alan Duncan Rutland and Melton
Iain Duncan Smith Chingford and Woodford Green
Philip Dunne Ludlow
Michael Ellis Northampton North
Tobias Ellwood Bournemouth East
Charlie Elphicke Dover
George Eustice Camborne and Redruth
Nigel Evans Ribble Valley
David Evennett Bexleyheath and Crayford
Michael Fabricant Lichfield
Michael Fallon Sevenoaks
Suella Fernandes Fareham
Mark Field Cities of London and Westminster
Vicky Ford Chelmsford
Kevin Foster Torbay
Liam Fox North Somerset
Mark Francois Rayleigh and Wickford
Lucy Frazer South East Cambridgeshire
George Freeman Mid Norfolk
Mike Freer Finchley and Golders Green
Marcus Fysh Yeovil
Sir Roger Gale North Thanet
Mark Garnier Wyre Forest
David Gauke South West Hertfordshire
Nusrat Ghani Wealden
Nick Gibb Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
Cheryl Gillan Chesham and Amersham
John Glen Salisbury
Zac Goldsmith Richmond Park
Robert Goodwill Scarborough and Whitby
Michael Gove Surrey Heath
Luke Graham Ochil and South Perthshire
Richard Graham Gloucester
Helen Grant Maidstone and The Weald
Bill Grant Ayr Carrick and Cumnock
James Gray North Wiltshire
Chris Grayling Epsom and Ewell
Chris Green Bolton West
Damian Green Ashford
Justine Greening Putney
Dominic Grieve Beaconsfield
Andrew Griffiths Burton
Sam Gyimah East Surrey
Kirstene Hair Angus
Robert Halfon Harlow
Luke Hall Thornbury and Yate
Philip Hammond Runnymede and Weybridge
Stephen Hammond Wimbledon
Matt Hancock West Suffolk
Greg Hands Chelsea and Fulham
Mark Harper Forest of Dean
Richard Harrington Watford
Rebecca Harris Castle Point
Trudy Harrison Copeland
Simon Hart Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
John Hayes South Holland and The Deepings
Oliver Heald North East Hertfordshire
James Heappey Wells
Chris Heaton-Harris Daventry
Peter Heaton-Jones North Devon
Gordon Henderson Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Nick Herbert Arundel and South Downs
Damian Hinds East Hampshire
Simon Hoare North Dorset
George Hollingbery Meon Valley
Kevin Hollinrake Thirsk and Malton
Philip Hollobone Kettering
Adam Holloway Gravesham
John Howell Henley
Nigel Huddleston Mid Worcestershire
Eddie Hughes Walsall North
Jeremy Hunt South West Surrey
Nick Hurd Ruislip Northwood and Pinner
Alister Jack Dumfries and Galloway
Margot James Stourbridge
Sajid Javid Bromsgrove
Ranil Jayawardena North East Hampshire
Bernard Jenkin Harwich and North Essex
Andrea Jenkyns Morley and Outwood
Robert Jenrick Newark
Boris Johnson Uxbridge and South Ruislip
Dr Caroline Johnson Sleaford and North Hykeham
Gareth Johnson Dartford
Jo Johnson Orpington
Andrew Jones Harrogate and Knaresborough
Marcus Jones Nuneaton
David Jones Clwyd West
Daniel Kawczynski Shrewsbury and Atcham
Gillian Keegan Chichester
Seema Kennedy South Ribble
Stephen Kerr Stirling
Sir Greg Knight East Yorkshire
Julian Knight Solihull
Kwasi Kwarteng Spelthorne
Eleanor Laing Epping Forest
John Lamont Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Mark Lancaster Milton Keynes North
Pauline Latham Mid Derbyshire
Andrea Leadsom South Northamptonshire
Phillip Lee Bracknell
Jeremy Lefroy Stafford
Edward Leigh Gainsborough
Oliver Letwin West Dorset
Andrew Lewer Northampton South
Brandon Lewis Great Yarmouth
Julian Lewis New Forest East
Ian Liddell-Grainger Bridgwater and West Somerset
David Lidington Aylesbury
Julia Lopez Hornchurch and Upminster
Jack Lopresti Filton and Bradley Stoke
Jonathan Lord Woking
Tim Loughton East Worthing and Shoreham
Craig Mackinlay South Thanet
Rachel Maclean Redditch
Anne Main St Albans
Alan Mak Havant
Kit Malthouse North West Hampshire
Scott Mann North Cornwall
Paul Masterton East Renfrewshire
Theresa May Maidenhead
Paul Maynard Blackpool North and Cleveleys
Patrick McLoughlin Derbyshire Dales
Stephen McPartland Stevenage
Esther McVey Tatton
Mark Menzies Fylde
Johnny Mercer Plymouth Moor View
Huw Merriman Bexhill and Battle
Stephen Metcalfe South Basildon and East Thurrock
Maria Miller Basingstoke
Amanda Milling Cannock Chase
Nigel Mills Amber Valley
Anne Milton Guildford
Andrew Mitchell Sutton Coldfield
Damien Moore Southport
Penny Mordaunt Portsmouth North
Nicky Morgan Loughborough
David Morris Morecambe and Lunesdale
James Morris Halesowen and Rowley Regis
Wendy Morton Aldridge-Brownhills
David Mundell Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Sheryll Murray South East Cornwall
Andrew Murrison South West Wiltshire
Bob Neill Bromley and Chislehurst
Sarah Newton Truro and Falmouth
Caroline Nokes Romsey and Southampton North
Jesse Norman Hereford and South Herefordshire
Neil O'Brien Harborough
Matthew Offord Hendon
Guy Opperman Hexham
Neil Parish Tiverton and Honiton
Priti Patel Witham
Owen Paterson North Shropshire
Mark Pawsey Rugby
Mike Penning Hemel Hempstead
John Penrose Weston-Super-Mare
Andrew Percy Brigg and Goole
Claire Perry Devizes
Chris Philp Croydon South
Christopher Pincher Tamworth
Daniel Poulter Central Suffolk and North Ipswich
Rebecca Pow Taunton Deane
Victoria Prentis Banbury
Mark Prisk Hertford and Stortford
Mark Pritchard The Wrekin
Tom Pursglove Corby & East Northants
Jeremy Quin Horsham
Will Quince Colchester
Dominic Raab Esher and Walton
John Redwood Wokingham
Jacob Rees-Mogg North East Somerset
Laurence Robertson Tewkesbury
Mary Robinson Cheadle
Andrew Rosindell Romford
Douglas Ross Moray
Lee Rowley North East Derbyshire
Amber Rudd Hastings and Rye
David Rutley Macclesfield
Antionette Sandbach Eddisbury
Paul Scully Sutton and Cheam
Bob Seely Isle of Wight
Andrew Selous South West Bedfordshire
Grant Shapps Welwyn Hatfield
Alok Sharma Reading West
Alec Shelbrooke Elmet and Rothwell
Keith Simpson Broadland
Chris Skidmore Kingswood
Chloe Smith Norwich North
Henry Smith Crawley
Julian Smith Skipton and Ripon
Royston Smith Southampton Itchen
Sir Nicholas Soames Mid Sussex
Anna Soubry Broxtowe
Caroline Spelman Meriden
Mark Spencer Sherwood
Andrew Stephenson Pendle
John Stevenson Carlisle
Bob Stewart Beckenham
Iain Stewart Milton Keynes South
Rory Stewart Penrith and The Border
Gary Streeter South West Devon
Mel Stride Central Devon
Graham Stuart Beverley and Holderness
Julian Sturdy York Outer
Rishi Sunak Richmond
Desmond Swayne New Forest West
Hugo Swire East Devon
Robert Syms Poole
Derek Thomas St Ives
Ross Thomson Aberdeen South
Maggie Throup Erewash
Kelly Tolhurst Rochester and Strood
Justin Tomlinson North Swindon
Michael Tomlinson Mid Dorset and North Poole
Craig Tracey North Warwickshire
David Tredinnick Bosworth
Anne-Marie Trevelyan Berwick-upon-Tweed
Elizabeth Truss South West Norfolk
Thomas Tugendhat Tonbridge and Malling
Ed Vaizey Wantage
Shailesh Vara North West Cambridgeshire
Martin Vickers Cleethorpes
Theresa Villiers Chipping Barnet
Charles Walker Broxbourne
Robin Walker Worcester
Ben Wallace Wyre and Preston North
David Warburton Somerton and Frome
Matt Warman Boston and Skegness
Giles Watling Clacton
Helen Whately Faversham and Mid Kent
Heather Wheeler South Derbyshire
Craig Whittaker Calder Valley
John Whittingdale Maldon
Bill Wiggin North Herefordshire
Gavin Williamson South Staffordshire
Sarah Wollaston Totnes
Mike Wood Dudley South
William Wragg Hazel Grove
Jeremy Wright Kenilworth and Southam
Nadhim Zahawi Stratford-on-Avon

 

LINKS

 

https://www.conservatives.com/

https://www.clientearth.org/

https://www.lgbce.org.uk/

 

 

Theresa May's plan for a cleaner Britain

 

THE GUARDIAN THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2018 - Theresa May has said her government is serious about improving the environment after pressure groups gave a lukewarm response to a 25-year green plan, praising its ambition but warning that it lacked sufficient proposals for immediate action. May’s proposals were also criticised by Jeremy Corbyn, who said her pledge to stop all avoidable plastic waste by 2042 was “far too long” to take action - and that may prove to be the case, but let us give her the benefit of the doubt for a while so that we can see some action, or not.  What that could mean is that they want to appease the electorate and pass the problem onto the next generation - but - the whole point of taking action now is to try and stop the fish that we eat, eating the plastic in Marine Litter.

 

 

Client Earth wins against Conservative Party

 

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