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Manchester Friends of the Earth news releases will have contact details for the specific campaign leads.

You are also welcome to contact our Media officer or one of the Group coordinators but please be aware that we are all volunteers and may not be able to respond to you right away:

Media officer:

Pete Abel: 07951 642858, pete[at]manchesterfoe.org.uk

Group coordinators:

Amy Berrisford & Catherine Thomson: coords[at]manchesterfoe.org.uk

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Government pulls defence of Cumbria coalmine legal challenges 

11th Jul 2024

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 The government has admitted a controversial new coal mine in Cumbria was permitted unlawfully following a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court last month.  The Secretary of State (SoS) for Housing, Communities and Local Government says there was an “error …

Ofwat announces increase in water bills – Friends of the Earth reaction

11th Jul 2024

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Reacting to Ofwat’s announcement that customers will see an average increase of £94 for their water bills over the next five years, Paul de Zylva, senior sustainability analyst at Friends of the Earth, said: ​”This decision yet again proves that our current form of …

Thames Water annual results - Friends of the Earth responds

9th Jul 2024

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Responding to Thames Water’s annual results, Paul de Zylva, senior sustainability analyst at Friends of the Earth, said: “Water companies have had free license to line their shareholders’ pockets handsomely for decades while letting our rivers and seas fill with sewage …

New Chancellor’s first speech – Friends of the Earth reaction

8th Jul 2024

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In her first address as Chancellor at the Treasury this morning, Rachel Reeves set out her vision for growth, which included a programme of housebuilding as part of a wider commitment to usher through new infrastructure projects. Reacting to the …

Labour win general election in historic landslide – Friends of the Earth reaction  

5th Jul 2024

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Following the news that the UK will have a Labour government for the first time since 2010, Mike Childs, head of policy at Friends of the Earth, said:  “Having secured a historic landslide election victory, let’s hope Labour’s win signals the end …

Manchester protest at China Consulate - #StopEACOP Greater Manchester.

26th Jun 2024

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Media Advisory 26th June 2024 Global Day of Action: the world looks to China to halt EACOP Who? This morning, members of Greater Manchester Stop EACOP action group gathered outside the Chinese Consulate in Manchester in order to ask China not …

Manifesto rankings: Labour’s green plans score four times higher than Conservatives', but fall short on funding commitments

24th Jun 2024

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The Green Party and Liberal Democrats easily top the ranking with both committing to much greater ambition.  Labour’s plans for climate and nature have scored four times higher than the Conservatives’, according to a new joint analysis of political party …

Horse Hill: Historic win as Supreme Court upholds landmark climate case

20th Jun 2024

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Groundbreaking judgment could have profound implications for new fossil fuel projects, including Cumbrian coal mine and North Sea oil and gas fields  Surrey County Council acted unlawfully by giving planning permission for oil production at Horse Hill in the Surrey countryside without …

Court protects our coastline, marine life and environment with clear win for Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland and community group No Gas Caverns

17th Jun 2024

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*** Issued on behalf of No Gas Caverns and Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland We won! The Court of Appeal in Belfast handed down judgment today (Monday 17 June 2024) in respect of a legal challenge by Friends of …

Labour Party publishes its manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

13th Jun 2024

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The Labour Party has today published its general election manifesto, following the other main parties who have outlined their policy packages this week. Reacting, Mike Childs, head of policy at Friends of the Earth said: “From a government-in-waiting, we really needed …

Green Party manifesto - Friends of the Earth reaction

12th Jun 2024

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Responding to the publication of the Green Party’s election manifesto, Mike Childs, head of policy at Friends of the Earth, said: ​“The Green Party is so far the only political party that has grasped the reality that unless we properly …

Conservative manifesto - Friends of the Earth reaction

11th Jun 2024

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Responding to the publication of the Conservative Party Manifesto, Mike Childs, head of policy at Friends of the Earth, said: “The Conservative are attempting the impossible by pledging to maintain global leadership on climate change while walking backwards on the measures …

Liberal Democrats publish their election manifesto – Friends of the Earth reaction

10th Jun 2024

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The Liberal Democrats are the first of the major parties vying for votes at this year’s general election to publish their manifesto. Reacting, Mike Childs, head of policy at Friends of the Earth, said: “The Liberal Democrats have traditionally been the …

Copernicus: May 2024 is the 12th consecutive month with record-high temperatures — Friends of the Earth reaction

5th Jun 2024

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Reacting to the news that last month was the hottest May on record, Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, said: ​“It’s sadly no longer surprising to see reports of historic temperature highs, as May marks the 12th consecutive …

Leaders’ debate: quality of discussion on climate ‘astoundingly poor’ – Friends of the Earth reaction

5th Jun 2024

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During tonight’s ITV general election debate between Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer, the party leaders were quizzed over their plans to put climate at the centre of their policies. In response, Rosie Downes, head of campaigns at Friends of the Earth, …

Labour unveils Great British Energy plans - Friends of the Earth reaction

30th May 2024

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Responding to the news that Labour leader, Keir Starmer, has outlined his party’s plans for a publicly owned energy company if elected to power, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said: “Labour’s pledge to develop the UK’s enormous …

General Election Announced – Friends of the Earth reaction

22nd May 2024

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Jamie Peters, climate co-ordinator at Friends of the Earth, said: ​“This general election must be a gamechanger for people and the planet. ​“Inflation might be down today, but the cost-of-living crisis is far from over and we’re still paying far …

Govt rules out using surplus emissions cuts to meet future climate targets - Friends of the Earth reaction

21st May 2024

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Reacting to news that the government has ruled out using surplus emissions cuts to meet future climate targets, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said: “Ministers are right not to roll over surplus emissions cuts, but let’s not …

Landmark High Court judgment finds government’s climate plan ‘unlawful’ – again

3rd May 2024

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Issued on behalf of Friends of the Earth, ClientEarth and Good Law Project For the second time in less than two years, the High Court has found the UK government’s inadequate climate strategy to be unlawful. In today’s landmark High …

Local Elections 2024: Candidates pledge to make Climate a priority #LE2024

1st May 2024

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With one day of campaigning to go before the local elections in Greater Manchester,  Manchester Friends of the Earth welcomes the cross-party support from candidates for urgent action on climate change and other environmental challenges facing us locally, nationally and …

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