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Barry writes to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urging him not to go ahead with a proposed cut to Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit. This would make life harder for nearly half a million disabled people nationally, and a very large number of vulnerable people in Brent North Constituency. 

The full letter is available here.

 

 

 

Barry writes to Iain Duncan Smith to protect disability rights

Barry writes to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urging him not to go ahead with a proposed cut to Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit. This...

Barry discussed the circular economy at a New Year reception hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Built Environment Group. 

Barry Gardiner MP argued that instead of reducing, reusing, repairing and recycling, humans still take, make, dispose and repeat.

Mr Gardiner detailed statistics on how much waste in the EU is not recycled or re-used and is therefore lost to the economy, whilst suggesting that this is due to the current economic system which ensures it makes financial sense for people and businesses to be wasteful.

He expanded by stating that in its current form, the market does not have to bear the full costs implied by the principle that the polluter must pay. Bearing this in mind, it was argued that every product sold should have a reduce/re-use pathway built into it from the start.

Mr Gardiner stated that through doing this and developing a genuinely circular economy it would be possible to unlock huge economic and environmental benefits, and highlighted the particularly great challenges and opportunities associated with reaching circularity in the construction industry.

Mr Gardiner concluded his talk by discussing the EU’s circular economy package and asserting the need for regulation to enforce waste reduction targets.

“We use nature because it’s valuable. We abuse nature because it's free"

Barry speaks about the circular economy

Barry discussed the circular economy at a New Year reception hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Built Environment Group. 

 

Last week, Barry addressed over 80 young people at the Bath and North East Somerset Youth Climate Summit, organised by Green Vision and hosted by Kingswood School. The summit focused on how the Paris climate talks have influenced the political agenda, how we can transition to a low carbon future, and how young people can get involved and make a difference.

Isabelle Thornton, Lead Facilitator and Co-Organiser of the Youth Climate Summit said: 

 "We were incredibly lucky to have Mr Gardiner as part of the event this year. An incredibly talented speaker, he gave a fantastic overview of the importance of politicians in dealing with environmental issues, the significance of the Paris talks, and the major issues acting as a barrier to international progress in combatting climate change. He then led a very popular workshop in which he worked closely with a group of about 20 young people to give them deeper insight into the role of a politician and the problems that our generation will have to face. He dealt fantastically with making his talk accessible to all attendees, despite the ages ranging from as young as 12. I would consider him a powerful voice in reaching out to the next generation of voters. We are very thankful that he took the time to come and participate in our event and would be keen to have him involved again in any capacity."

Jake Bishop-Ponte, an organiser of the Youth Climate Summit said: 

"Barry Gardiner was without doubt my highlight of the event. Not only was he immensely entertaining, but also incredibly insightful. Yet his most remarkable feature was his impartiality. Had I not known beforehand, I would never have guessed that he was a Labour MP (I mean that in the most flattering way). In comparison to many other politicians I have met, he really stood out to me as somebody who not only knew what he was talking about, but held a genuine interest."

Barry speaks at the Bath and North East Somerset Youth Climate Summit

  Last week, Barry addressed over 80 young people at the Bath and North East Somerset Youth Climate Summit, organised by Green Vision and hosted by Kingswood School. The summit focused on...


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