I am supporting the launch of a new environmental manifesto that explores new policy ideas to address climate change and biodiversity loss.
I regularly receive correspondence from constituents about climate change and they often ask me to do more, so this is a great opportunity to shape future policy. This document outlines new policy ideas that can help us to decarbonise while protecting our precious landscapes and wildlife.
The manifesto's Declaration acknowledges the 'gravity of the global environment crisis and our duty to preserve and restore our planet for future generations'.
Major policy ideas considered in the manifesto include investment in regional transport networks to unleash productivity outside London and planning reform, a Royal Commission to deliver the sustainable homes we need.
It's vital that we do what we can to protect the environment - last year I helped to secure £60,000 of funding to help protect bees and other insects. This money went towards developing and testing pollinator habitat mapping to identify where new habitats will provide the greatest benefit for bees and other pollinators.
It's also great to see that councils, including Nottinghamshire County Council, are looking at ways to help our insects. I've seen lots of mini meadows recently, where sites have been left to grow into wildflower meadows.
Whilst I'm proud of what the Conservatives have achieved so far, there is more to do to meet the new challenges that we face. Now we have set a world-leading net zero target, we must set the policies to meet that target, and to also address the serious declines we are seeing in many of our precious species. We should also be utilising the UK's international standing, as a world leader in decarbonisations, to support other countries towards clean growth.