Response to Maria Eagle speech on Labour plans for the environment

Responding to a speech by Shadow Environment Secretary Maria Eagle MP at RSPB’s Headquarters today, Richard Hebditch, External Affairs Director at the National Trust, said:

“This is an important and much needed intervention by Shadow Environment Minister Maria Eagle setting out what she would want a Labour government to achieve on the natural environment; especially with the strong support for EU directives to protect nature. There were some welcome hints of detail, including a pledge to increase in the share of Common Agricultural Policy funding that goes to deliver positive outcomes for the environment.

“The commitment to protect habitats and green spaces is also welcome but needs to be reflected in Ed Ball’s plans for a National Infrastructure Commission, the details of which are also announced today. There is a danger that the Commission will pursue short-term economic goals at the expense of long-term environmental needs.”

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