Protecting the environment is something the people of Milton Keynes have highlighted as a priority, and there’s plenty going on in the city and Britain which we can be proud of, but there’s still lots to do.
I’ve launched the ‘Green MK Grant’ to try and find young people who have new ideas on ways to contribute to tackling climate change. Two local businesses Brioche Pasquier and AG Barr have offered £1,000 each towards the grant. Young people across schools in MK North have been asked to come up with the best idea the protect the environment locally and the winning idea will receive the £2,000 grant to put their idea into action.
McDonald’s in Milton Keynes are doing great work with their annual Love Where You Live event – litter picking and keep our city streets clean.
I'm also incredibly proud of the steps taken here in MK to further the creation and usage of electric cars.
Nationally, the Conservative Party has had an incredible amount of success in protecting the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a record amount of 25%, as well as seeing renewable electricity generation at a record high.
As part of our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, we are establishing an independent Office for Environmental Protection and we have already banned the sale of products containing microbeads which harm our marine life.
After leaving the European Union and the Common Agricultural Policy, Britain will be able to develop global gold standard environmental policies, and leaving the Common Fisheries Policy allows us to pursue the highest standards in marine conservation.
The Conservative Party and I are continuing to make sure Britain and Milton Keynes are at the forefront of our fight to protect the environment now and for future generations.