Climate change campaigner Caroline Flint has signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister asking her to undo the blocks the government has placed on onshore wind energy. This support was welcomed today by 10:10 Climate Action and Power for People, who are coordinating the letter.
The letter, now signed by 36 MPs, highlights that onshore wind is supported by over three quarters of the UK public, and is our cheapest energy source. Despite public concern about climate change reaching a ten year high, since 2015 government policy has prevented new onshore wind turbines from being built. In light of this, Ms Flint is calling on the government to amend planning and energy policy to allow new projects to be brought forward.
Caroline Flint said “Onshore wind is a key part of decarbonising the UK’s energy system - and even has potential to bring down energy bills for consumers because of its low cost. I will do all I can to support onshore wind and ensure these changes are realised.”
Ellie Roberts, Campaign Manager at 10:10 Climate Action, said, “We’re delighted that Caroline Flint is standing up for onshore wind. For years, new wind projects have been grinding to a halt due to government blocks - just at the moment we need to be stepping up our action on climate change.”
Steve Shaw, Director of Power for People, said, “By signing this letter, Caroline Flint is helping bring back one of our cheapest and most popular renewables. We warmly welcome her support for onshore wind”.
The campaigners say:
10:10 is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. We engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate and their own lives too. www.1010uk.org. For more information about the 10:10 Blown Away campaign please visit https://1010uk.org/blownaway. Power for People is not for profit campaigning organisation working to see the UK rapidly transition to 100% clean energy and for local communities to benefit from this great transition; visit www.powerforpeople.org.uk.
Climate change campaigner Caroline Flint has signed a cross-party letter to the Prime Minister asking her to undo the blocks the government has placed on onshore wind energy. This support...
If you have not been to Parliament in recent years and seen inside the incredible Palace of Westminster, now is your chance.
Residents of Don Valley constituency are being invited to join a coach trip organised by Don Valley Labour Party on Tuesday 28 May.
Susan Durant, Don Valley Labour Party Chair, said: “Many people never get the chance to visit Parliament – so we want to make it as easy as possible. This is a very exciting time to visit the House of Commons, see this huge Palace from the inside, spot some famous faces and watch some of the action in the Commons*. It is a great day out, and our guests always get a warm welcome from Caroline Flint.”
The trip, which takes place the day after the Spring bank holiday, includes return coach journey, an organised tour of Parliament and a few extra sights courtesy of the Don Valley MP, Caroline Flint.
Said Caroline: “It is always a pleasure to receive visiting groups from Don Valley to see inside the Palace of Westminster, whether they love politics or are interested in the history of Parliament. There is so much to see inside Parliament and amazing sights nearby.”
The coach trip will begin at 7.30am from Ward Brothers opposite the Civic Office, arriving for guided a tour beginning at 12.30pm and leaving Westminster around 5pm allowing time to explore around the area around Parliament, such as Westminster Abbey, Ten Downing Street or the London Eye or watch a debate in Parliament.
Tickets are £30 per head. If you would like to book places on the coach trip, please ring 01302 770830, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book direct. All tickets must be paid for in advance to secure your place. A small booking fee is incurred for online bookings. More information and booking details at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/don-valley-labour
*NB Watching Commons debates depends on whether Parliament confirms it is sitting that day.
If you have not been to Parliament in recent years and seen inside the incredible Palace of Westminster, now is your chance. Residents of Don Valley constituency are being invited...
Caroline Flint has met Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart, to discuss a new Government project to improve prisons.
Said Caroline: "I am very grateful to the Minister for meeting. Two of the prisons in the 10 Prisons Project - HMP Lindholme and HMP Moorland - are in Don Valley. The Project seeks to tackle drugs, improve maintenance of prisons, and improve training of staff. Every prison officer in those establishments would welcome this - but it is vital for my constituents and other staff who work in these prisons, that their safety and working life is improved by this Project. It must deliver for them."
The 10 Prisons Project was announced by Rory Stewart MP on 17 August 2018. The 10 Prisons Project involves 10 prisons known to have serious concerns around drug usage and violence.
Stewart famously threatened to quit his post if the Prisons project did not succeed, telling the BBC: “I want you to judge me on those results and I will resign if I don’t succeed.”
Stewart sees the 10 Prisons Project as a pilot project for improving the rest of the prison service, saying the project “sets a course for the rest of the estate to follow”.
The 10 Prisons Project gives £10m of funding. It aims to tackle drug usage, improve the maintenance of the prisons involved, and give training to prison staff.
Drugs: Government has pledged to invest in body scanners capable of detecting drug packages inside human bodies. All prisons in the project have been given four extra drug-detecting dogs, two extra dog handlers, eight additional staff for entry searching and a Drug Strategy Manager.
Maintenance: Government has pledged that prisons have new medical treatment rooms, furniture and toilet privacy screens. They also want to refurbish cells and shared areas.
Training: Government is developing new training programs to help Governors and prison officers develop skills. Violence reduction training for staff on wings began to be rolled out by Christmas last year.
The ultimate goal of the Project is for successful interventions to be rolled out nationally, and for the results to inform on priority areas for future investment and development.
Said Caroline: "As this Project develops, I want to hear from prison service staff about what has changed; what has worked and what more is needed. I want the committed staff of this vital public service to deliver their jobs in safety and knowing they are making a difference."
Caroline Flint has met Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart, to discuss a new Government project to improve prisons. Said Caroline: "I am very grateful to the Minister for meeting. Two of...