Influence environmental laws

Influence environmental laws

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We are calling on the Government to deliver key environmental laws including:

  1. an ambitious Environment Act that provides targets and strategies for nature’s recovery and an independent environmental watchdog
  2. an Agriculture Bill that commits to sustainable land management that restores soils, reduces pesticide usage and supports the restoration of wildlife
  3. a Fisheries Bill that encourages sustainable marine management in a way that will allow our seas to thrive

As drafts of each bill are released, we will be recommending amendments to ensure that UK nature is able to recover. You can help buy getting in touch with your MP and ensuring they support these changes.

Current status of each Bill

What changes should you ask your MP to support?

The Environment Bill

Committee Stage - no Cheshire MPs sit on this committee

ACTION - Ask your MP to speak to a colleague on the committee about the following:

•    A commitment to non-regression of environmental law to prevent backsliding on environmental standards after Brexit;

•    A more robust target setting framework in which interim targets are legally binding and contribute progress towards the long-term environmental targets;

•    Greater financial independence and dissuasive and effective remedies for the new Office for Environmental Protection; 

•    A duty of direct application in domestic law for environmental principles to maintain their strength;

•    A stronger duty to refer to Local Nature Recovery Strategies in making relevant decisions, such as where to create new habitat under the net gain system, to ensure they are truly effective.

Agriculture Bill

Ping-pong back to House of Lords

The Bill previously reached the House of Lords and amendments were put forward. Unfortunately, the House of Commons rejected these amendments. This included provisions to guarantee food standards and commitments to trade standards.

Now the Bill is back in the House of Lords. If the Lords accept the Bill as it is, it will be made into law. Alternatively, they can amend the legislation again which will send the Bill back to the House of Commons.

ACTION - Ask your MP to support the following:

Amendment 16: providing a legal guarantee on food standards

Amendment 18: upgrading the Trade & Agriculture Commission to cover future trade deals

Fisheries Bill

Currently in the House of Lords


Did your MP sign our election pledge?

Click on your constituency to find out who has signed

Altrincham and Sale West

Graham Brady (Conservative) - signed


Angela Rayner (Labour) - no response




Mick Whitley (Labour) - no response


Mary Robinson (Conservative) - no response

City of Chester

Chris Matheson (Labour) - no response


Fiona Bruce (Conservative) - no response

Crewe and Nantwich

Kieran Mullan (Conservative) - no response

Denton and Reddish

Andrew Gwynne (Labour) - no response


Edward Timpson (Conservative) - no response

Ellesmere Port and Neston

Justin Madders (Labour) - signed


Derek Twigg (Labour) - signed

Hazel Grove

William Wragg (Conservative) - no response


David Rutley (Conservative) - signed

Stalybridge and Hyde

Jonathan Reynolds (Labour Co-op) - no response


Nav Mishra (Labour) - no response

Stretford and Urmston

Kate Green (Labour) - no response


Esther McVey (Conservative) - signed


Angela Eagle (Labour) - no response

Warrington North

Charlotte Nichols (Labour) - signed

Warrington South

Andy Carter (Conservative) - no response


Weaver Vale

Mike Amesbury (Labour) - no response



Wirral South

Alison McGovern (Labour) - supports

Wirral West

Margret Greenwood (Labour) - no response

Wythenshawe and Sale East

Mike Kane (Labour) - no response 

In these challenging times our work will still continue to defend local wildlife

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