Clive Efford MP

Clive Efford - A Strong Voice for Eltham and Plumstead

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Clive Efford MP has lent his support to a campaign by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) and Friends of the Earth to dramatically reduce plastic pollution and the amount of plastic we use.

Clive is supporting the Plastic Pollution Bill which calls for government to set targets to phase out non-essential single use plastics by 2025 and eradicate almost all plastic pollution by 2042.

Clive said:

“People in Eltham have told me they want urgent action to tackle the plastic waste that is blighting our environment and harming our wildlife. With 12 million tonnes of plastic ending up in the sea each year, we simply cannot wait any longer to take action.

“That’s why I am backing the Plastic Pollution Bill to stem the plastic tide and help preserve our environment for future generations.”

Ann Jones, Vice Chair of the NFWI said:

“WI members have been taking action in their own communities to reduce their own use of plastic, and encourage others to the same but as individuals we can only do so much.

“The figures are shocking. Only 9% of all plastic waste has ever been recycled. And our research highlighted that by simply washing synthetic clothes this releases trillions of tiny plastic fibres every week.

“If we are to end the scourge of plastic pollution we need strategic action from government and we urge the government to take the opportunity to lead on this hugely important issue.”

Craig Bennett, Friends of the Earth CEO said:

 

“We’re delighted Clive is backing the call for a new law to tackle the plastic crisis.

 

“The public is crying out for tougher action, with nearly nine out of ten people backing new legislation to end non-essential single-use plastics by 2025.

 

“The government must listen to growing concerns and turn the tide of plastic waste that’s polluting our environment and harming our wildlife.”

 

Notes to Editors

  1. The NFWI has been campaigning to raise awareness of the impact of microplastic fibres since its ‘End Plastic Soup’ campaign was launched in 2017. These tiny fibres are strands of plastic shed from synthetic clothing when it’s washed and end up in the sea and wider environment. Due to their size the fibres can be ingested by marine life and can end up in the food we eat. See more information at thewi.org.uk/endplasticsoup

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Following two stabbings in Eltham over recent few weeks, Clive Efford has asked the government for a debate on police funding.

The request was refused. Watch Clive's question below.

Speaking about the Government's refusel hold a debate, Clive said: 'The Tory government have cut 21,000 police officers and this is putting our community at risk. The government urgently needs to increase the amount of money available to the police to prevent more tragic incidents like these.'

 

 

 

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Fourteen years after the introduction of the Hunting Act, a key accomplishment of the last Labour government, the Labour Party is campaigning for the eradication of loopholes, such as ‘trail hunting’.  Trail hunting has arisen since the ban on hunting was introduced, and is an entirely different practice to drag hunting, which is a traditional and legitimate pursuit that does not use animal scent or involve the killing or chasing of wild animals.

To address some of the loopholes currently open to exploitation, Labour announced last Boxing Day that in government they would consult on bringing forward the following amendments to the Hunting Act 2004:

1. Review sentencing to ensure effective deterrence includes the use of custodial sentences in line with other wildlife crimes.

2. Strengthening the criteria on which research licenses are issued.

3. The removal of the exemption “Use of dogs below ground to protect birds for shooting”, as it risks fights between dogs and wild mammals.

4. The introduction of a ‘recklessness clause’ to prevent trail hunting from being used as a cover for the illegal hunting of live wild animals.

A recent poll by Survation found that only 16% of those living in rural areas believe hunting with dogs is a reflection of countryside values, while 67% do not.  It also showed that a mere 4% of people living in the countryside ever take part in hunting with hounds.  In contrast, 91% said they thought observing nature was a greater reflection of countryside values.

Clive said: “Animal welfare is something my constituents feel very strongly. On the 14th anniversary of the introduction of Labour’s Hunting Act, we must look again to ensure that any loopholes currently open to exploitation through newly developed practices are closed.  The next Labour Government will be committed not just to maintaining the hunting ban, but to strengthening it.”

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