Former environment minister Michael Meacher slams Sutton Council's 'complacency'

Emily Brothers with Michael Meacher

Emily Brothers with Michael Meacher

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A former environment minister has branded the council complacent in its attitude to climate change.

Michael Meacher, Labour MP for Oldham West and Royston and former environment minister, also accused Sutton Council of being "audacious" in publicising green policies while its recycling performance is being bettered by other councils.

Mr Meacher was in Sutton to meet Emily Brothers, Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam, last week.

Mr Meacher said: "I’m appalled by the complacency shown by Sutton Liberal Democrats in tackling climate change.

"They’ve got the audacity to claim to be advancing green policies at the same time as their performance in recycling is sliding.

"I understand they have pulled stunts that have included the dumping of rubbish in the High Street to gain publicity, but this isn’t any answer to securing an enduring environment for future generations."

The former environment secretary, who held the post under Tony Blair from 1997 to 2003, referenced figures that show Sutton once led the way in terms of recycling in London, but has recently been overtaken by many boroughs including neighbouring Croydon.

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4:37pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Hugh Dunnit says...

Michael Meacher is the reason your energy bills are so high.
Michael Meacher is the reason your energy bills are so high. Hugh Dunnit
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10:20pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Simon Densley says...

Hugh Dunnit wrote:
Michael Meacher is the reason your energy bills are so high.
That doesn't mean it's okay for the Liberal Democrats to cover themselves in glory when they're actually failing pretty miserably.
[quote][p][bold]Hugh Dunnit[/bold] wrote: Michael Meacher is the reason your energy bills are so high.[/p][/quote]That doesn't mean it's okay for the Liberal Democrats to cover themselves in glory when they're actually failing pretty miserably. Simon Densley
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9:07am Tue 15 Jul 14

treblegold says...

Meacher is not "the former environment secretary" as the article asserts: he never rose above Minister of State.
Meacher is not "the former environment secretary" as the article asserts: he never rose above Minister of State. treblegold
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1:30pm Tue 15 Jul 14

LiberalsOut says...

Climate Change the new name for Global Warming - dont be fooled
Climate Change is natural - Global Warming the biggest con pulled on us
Climate Change the new name for Global Warming - dont be fooled Climate Change is natural - Global Warming the biggest con pulled on us LiberalsOut
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6:30pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Binsanity says...

And Labours answer to everything, spend spend spend and to hell with the consequences. Our whole quality of work and life have spiralled since Labour were in power and we are still paying for it.
And Labours answer to everything, spend spend spend and to hell with the consequences. Our whole quality of work and life have spiralled since Labour were in power and we are still paying for it. Binsanity
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