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Visiting Birmingham City University’s School of Engineering, Design & Manufacturing

Save our solar

I have heard from many constituents who disagree with the government’s plans to cut feed-in tariffs (FITs) for solar power. I have also heard from local community groups who are worried that their plans to install solar power panels may now be under threat.

Labour has been leading the campaign against the government’s plans, which will put thousands of jobs and businesses in the solar industry at risk and make it much more difficult for families, community groups, hospitals and schools to install solar power.

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Environment Secretary visits Frankley

Today I was pleased to welcome the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn to the Northfield constituency. He was here to visit Frankley – one of the local areas severely hit by floods last year. The government has earmarked funds for the area under its flood protection scheme.

During the visit we met with community leaders, Frankley Parish Councillors and staff from Birmingham City Council and the Environment Agency to discuss flood protection work in the local area. Read more

Huskies in Westminster!

I recently attended an Arctic experience, recreated in Westminster by the WWF to raise a sense of urgency about the devastating impact climate change is having on people and places around the world. WWF invited an Arctic “Climate Witness” called Mille Porsild to VictoriaTowerGardens – close to the House of Lords, and set the Arctic scene with a life-size igloo hand sculpted from ice and three Polar Huskies including a puppy.

I met with Arctic explorer Mille Porsild, who measures the impact of global warming on the Arctic and talked about the changing environment which is affecting people and wildlife in the Arctic. Read more