General Election 2017: A cleaner, greener, healthier, fairer UK?
We are surveying general election candidates on their views and policies relating to environmental and social justice. You can find out what your candidates think, and help us remind them how important these issues are to voters.
Our environment can’t wait. For too long action has been seen as something that will only benefit future generations or put off as a ‘nice to have’. But the harm done by problems such as air pollution and run-away climate change is costing lives now.
The result of the EU referendum means that the next government will have unprecedented choices to make about how to protect people’s health, rejuvenate our wildlife and green spaces, and meet our international commitments to tackle climate change. The next Government must demonstrate global leadership on shared environmental problems, especially climate change – which is already bringing chaos to the lives of millions in the world’s poorest countries and flooding misery here in the North West and in other areas of the United Kingdom.
At this General Election, Manchester Friends of the Earth are calling on all the parliamentary candidates to ensure that our local, national and international environment gets better, year on year – with cleaner air, less carbon pollution, greater biodiversity.
We are urging all the Greater Manchester candidates to tell their electorate where they stand on a range of key environmental issues. We will publish the results as the candidates respond and provide a summary for each political party in time for the General Election on 8th June 2017.
If you are a Parliamentary candidate please complete the survey here (which should take 10 – 15 minutes to complete).
Who has responded so far?
Friends of the Earth is a politically impartial organisation. Our aim is to ensure all parties have the strongest possible policies to protect the environment promises. And that they can be held to account for them in future.
The Parliamentary candidates who have answered the survey and their responses will be displayed on the candidates results page. If your candidates haven’t responded yet – why not send them a little Tweet! see the links below.
You can check which Parliamentary constituency you live in by putting your postcode into the Write to Them website.
|Bolton||Bolton North East, Bolton South East, Bolton West|
|Bury||Bury North, Bury South|
|Manchester||Blackley & Broughton, Manchester Central, Manchester Gorton, Manchester Withington, Wythenshawe and Sale East|
|Oldham||Oldham East & Saddleworth, Oldham West & Royton|
|Rochdale||Heywood & Middleton, Rochdale|
|Salford||Salford & Eccles, Worsley & Eccles South|
|Stockport||Cheadle, Hazel Grove, Stockport|
|Tameside||Ashton Under Lyne, Denton and Reddish, Stalybridge and Hyde|
|Trafford||Altrincham and Sale West, Stretford and Urmston|
|Wigan||Leigh, Makerfield, Wigan|
The 12 survey questions are shown below.
Q1 – Will you support a new Clean Air Act?
Q2 – Do you support a Frequent Flyer levy?
Q3 – Do you agree the Government should urgently publish a UK climate strategy to play our part in delivering the Paris Climate Agreement goal to keep global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees?
Q4 – Will you support the following statement: “If my constituency is at risk of fracking, I will oppose it. If my constituency is not at risk, I will oppose fracking nationwide.”?
Q5 -Do you support the next Government setting a target for making all electricity generation “carbon free” by 2030?
Q6 – Will you support a national programme to insulate at least 1 million homes per year over the course of the next parliament?
Q7 – Will you call for all the existing EU environmental laws and principles to be fully maintained in UK or devolved nation law?
Q8 – Will you support a permanent and comprehensive ban on neonicotinoid chemicals, and ensure future pesticide regulations are science based, precautionary, independent and transparent?
Q9 – Will you support the introduction of a binding target to halve food waste from farm to fork by 2030 ?
Q10 – Will you support a new food and farming policy – that protects and enhances the ecosystems that underpin food production, builds resilience to climate change and supports sustainable diets?
Q11 – Will you support the inclusion of rights and protection of climate refugees in international law ?
Q12 – Will you protect the freedom to campaign by voting to reform the Lobbying Act?