I’m proud of the work the last Labour Government did on the environment, with its commitment to introduce fundamental changes in environment policy, adopting an approach based upon whole ecosystems rather than focusing on individual species or habitats, and the commissioning of the UK’s National Ecosystem Assessment, to monitor the UK’s natural environment.

But sadly, it’s clear that the environment just isn’t a priority under this Government, with Tory pledges on the environment just more broken promises.

Here in Barnsley, and right across South Yorkshire, we’re so lucky to have a beautiful natural environment. But if we don’t properly protect and safeguard our environment, it won’t be long before we lose it. As part of my work on this, I’ve recently met with constituents who are members of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust -; they are calling for a bill which sets targets in law for improving the environment.

This is something I wholeheartedly support. I recently raised this issue in Parliament, and pushed the Government to bring forward their Environment Bill. It’s vital we can see their plans, and properly scrutinise them to safeguard environmental standards and protections in areas like Barnsley.

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