October – I raised the need for government to support councils such as Bristol in meeting air quality requirements in the House, rather than just handing over responsibility with no extra resource or support. Alongside 300 other MPs, I’ve continued to support the Divest Parliament campaign. I was one of the first 100 MPs to join the campaign for MP pensions to be fossil-free.
I also held a Westminster Hall debate on the unacceptable impact of waste processing sites on local communities such as Avonmouth.
September – I helped launch the Science and Technology Committee’s report (which I led work of) on Clean Growth. The report lays out a roadmap for decarbonising our economy on, or ideally ahead of, the Government’s 2050 net-zero target. I welcomed the report’s demand for urgent action to tackle the climate crisis.
August 2019- I joined a ‘Love Horfield’ litter pick, met Extinction Rebellion members in Shirehampton and signed the Labour for a Green Deal Pledge. I also contacted Wessex Water about sewage smells in the Avonmouth area and shared details of my forthcoming Climate Emergency: Conversation event on 14th September.
July 2019- In a letter to Michael Gove, I have called for new powers for regulators like the Environment Agency to tackle problems at regulated waste sites following another influx of flies to the Avonmouth area. I have also shared my concerns about leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt’s pledge to give Parliament another free vote on fox hunting. I also shared news on WECA’s Green Business Grants.
June 2019 – I supported calls to end the illegal trade in Tigers and big cats and pledged my support to the Surfers Against Sewage Healthy Oceans campaign. I also commented on the Prime Minister’s pledge to commit to zero. net carbon emissions by 2050. This is something I have been campaigning for since hosting two Westminster Hall debates on climate change related to extreme weather and concentrated animal feeding (factory farming), and signing a cross-party letter, in November 2018.
May 2019- I supported the historic Labour-led motion to declare a Climate Change Emergency and wrote to the Prime Minister to bring forward the UK’s net-zero emissions target. I also attended an event held by Meatless Farm to hear more about the positive environmental impact of reducing meat consumption, wrote to the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth calling for more support for Tidal and Wave sectors and contacted the Prime Minister welcoming news the UK would bid to host the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference. I also contacted each primary school in Bristol North West encouraging them to take part in a plastic pollution campaign.
April 2019 – I wrote to the Minister, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House calling on the Government to table at least a day’s worth of debate to discuss how the UK will achieve net-zero carbon emissions. As part of Parliament’s Science and Tech Committee, I visited National Grid and SSE to hear more about what needs to happen to our distribution and transmission network to ensure we meet net-zero emissions targets.
March 2019 – I spoke in the House of Commons to draw attention to the link between climate change and increases in extreme weather. I also spoke in a Westminster Hall debate to highlight Bristol’s solar success stories and the importance of renewables and in a Climate Change debate where I highlighted the need for the Prime Minister and Government to engage in the discussion.
February 2019 – I sponsored an amendment to the Agriculture Bill – to impose prison time of up to 6 months those who knowingly process, transport, sell and consume dog and cat meat. I also joined Climate Change Strikers in Bristol to support their calls for urgent action against climate change. I also asked experts, at a hearing of Science and Tech Committee, about electric vehicles and energy efficiency.
January 2019 – I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate following the IPCC report and demanded a full debate on climate change in the House of Commons. I also called on constituents to respond to Sims Group’s application to vary their current environmental permit. I received a reply from Bristol City Council Mayor Marvin Rees following my concerns about WECA’s proposal to build a Park and Ride on rare blue-finger allotment land at Sims Hill and parts of Stoke Park.