When I arrived at the Surrey County Council meeting this morning, I found a colourful protest outside County Hall. Extinction Rebellion was protesting about the Council’s failure to act fast enough after declaring a Climate Emergency in July (this was at the second time of asking – the Council rejected my Climate Emergency motion in March).
The Surrey Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is calling on candidates for Surrey’s 11 parliamentary seats to endorse its ‘Manifesto for Surrey’, ten demands which it says are “essential policies for the protection of Surrey’s countryside, towns and villages”. You can read the manifesto here: http://www.cpresurrey.org.uk/2019/03/local-council-candidates-urged-to-back-cpres-manifesto-for-surrey/
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) is encouraging its supporters to write to candidates asking our views on nuclear issues. This is how I am replying.
Firstly: If elected, would you support cancelling the replacement of Trident?
Yes I would. This is the right thing to do. Trident does not make the world safer and we need to divert the money spent on it to better uses, including the NHS and climate jobs.