Manchester Friends of the Earth presented a survey to all Greater Manchester General Election candidates about environmental issues and many responded apart from those from the Conservative party.
Manchester Friends of the Earth are today publishing the results of an online survey of the Greater Manchester General Election candidates. The survey asked candidates to tell their electorate where they stand on 12 key environmental issues including air pollution, fracking, climate change, energy, waste, farming, and climate refugees.
Overall, 51 of the 134 candidates completed the survey, representing a total of 8 parties – a turnout of 38% not a single Conservative Party candidate across Greater Manchester responded.
We also noted Labour Party’s Kate Green and Mike Kane both former MP’s from Trafford did not respond.
The candidates that responded showed cross-party support for action on the 12 key environmental issues highlighted in the survey including:
* Introducing a new Clean Air Act (94% support)
* Urgent action for the UK to play our part in delivering the Paris Climate Agreement goal to keep global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees (92% support)
* A permanent and comprehensive ban on bee-harming neonicotinoid chemicals, and ensuring future pesticide regulations are science based, precautionary, independent and transparent (96% support)
* All the existing EU environmental laws and principles to be fully maintained in UK or devolved nation law (90% support)
* A national programme to insulate at least 1 million homes per year over the course of the next parliament (98% support)
* Support for the statement: “If my constituency is at risk of fracking, I will oppose it. If my constituency is not at risk, I will oppose fracking nationwide.” (88% support)
* The least popular policy proved to be the introduction of a Frequent Flyer levy (67% support).
Dr Ali Abbas, Manchester Friends of the Earth co-ordinator said:
“Our environment is in crisis, and the harm done by toxic air and run-away climate change is costing lives now – which makes it all the more surprising that none of the local Conservative candidates responded to our survey.
“The good news is that there is strong support from most of the other parties for urgent action to tackle illegal air pollution, climate change and other key environmental concerns.
“In the absence of any Conservative responses, voters can only go off their national manifesto, which lags well behind the other main parties on issues such as fracking and air pollution.“
Manchester Friends of the Earth is a politically impartial organisation. Our aim is to ensure all parties have the strongest possible policies to protect the environment, and that they can be held to account for them in future.
You can view all the responses by clicking this LINK