Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North


Barry wins Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award



On 9th December 2013 Barry was honoured to win the Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award at an event that took place in the Houses of Parliament.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management's prestigious annual awards recognise the contributions of people from across the board to improving the management of our environment. CIWEM recognised Barry's efforts since his becomming Member of Parliament in 1997 presenting the award for his:

"unceasing efforts to promote a range of environmental issues over a parliamentary career spanning more than 15 years."

Read more: Barry wins Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year Award


Barry speaks in Natural Capital debate in Parliament



On 21st October 2013 Barry made a speech in the House of Commons higlighting the need to recognise the economic value of Natural Capital assets in order to protect the natural environment and enhance the benefits offered for our future economic growth.

"Every society is defined by two things: what it creates and what it refuses to destroy. The only thing that sets us apart from our natural environment is our ability to reflect on our own place within it, but for all our cleverness we remain dependent on the extraordinary bounty that nature provides. The food and water that sustain us, the air that we breathe, the raw materials that we use as fuel and clothing or to construct our homes are only the most obvious of nature's benefits. Equally important are the processes and services that purify our water, break down our waste, pollinate our crops and provide us with recreation and aesthetic or spiritual fulfilment. We have the right to use and enjoy the benefits of that natural capital, but that right gives us no licence to prevent our children from exercising a similar and equal use and enjoyment in the future.

Read more: Barry speaks in Natural Capital debate in Parliament


Barry launches campaign against proposals to end air quality monitoring


On 17th July 2013 Barry launched a campaign against the government's proposals to end requirements that local authorities monitor and report on the air quality in their area which may lead to a rise in air pollution levels.

As Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment & Fisheries, Barry brought together a number of Labour MPs to raise awareness of the health implications of air pollution and to push the government to continue reporting on air pollution levels.


Barry appointed to front bench as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries


On 4th July 2013 Ed Miliband appointed Barry to the front bench as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries.

The appointment puts Barry Gardiner at the centre of developing Labour's plans for the natural environment for the next election, and holding the current government to account. He was previously Minister for Biodiversity in the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs in 2006 and 07 and served as Ed Miliband's Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change from 2011 to 2013.

Read more: Barry appointed to front bench as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries



Barry writes an article on the Ash dieback crisis


On 15th November 2012, Barry published an article for the online environmental blog,, in which he wrote about his concerns regarding the spread of Ash dieback and other harmful diseases and pests that were destroying the British countryside and ecosystem.

Barry set out what he believes should be done in order to make sure that the United Kingdom is prepared for these harmful invasive organisms and how to reduce the impact of such organisms that are already here.

Read more: Barry writes an article on the Ash dieback crisis


Barry on panel for debate about the Green Deal



On 2nd October 2012 Barry took part in a discussion on the Green Deal and how it is unlikely to be worthwhile for people to take up Green Deal finance to make their homes more energy efficient.

Read more: Barry on panel for debate about the Green Deal

Barry chairs Fabian Society event on cheaper energy



On 1st October 2012 Barry chaired a Fabian Society debate on securing cheaper energy prices by changing the energy supply market in the UK.

Alongside Barry, the panel was made up of Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Natan Doron, Senior Researcher for the Fabian Society and a number of experts and executives from the energy sector.

Read more: Barry chairs Fabian Society event on cheaper energy

Barry leads debate on flood management



On 1st Octoer 2012 Barry lead a debate at the Labour Party Conference on flooding and drought issues in the UK and what can be done to reduce the risk of such events. Barr was joined on the panel by Gavin Shuker MP, Shadow Minister for Water and a number of executives from the UK's water companies.


Barry chairs event discussing wind energy



On 30th September 2012 Barry chaired a discussion at the Labour Party Conference on the need for development of the wind energy industry and the benefits that renewable energy can have to the wider economy as well as to reducing domestic fuel bills.

Barry was joined on the panel by a number of experts from the wind energy sector alongside Tom Greatrex, MP, Shadow Minister for Energy.

Barry chairs Fabian Society debate on food waste



On 30th September 2012 Barry chaired a discussion forum for the Fabian Society on food waste and what can be done to ensure that we don't throw away unwanted food.

Barry was joined at the debate by Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Natan Doron, Senior Researcher for the Fabian Society, Alison Cairns, Director of External Affairs at Unilever and Anthony Kleanthous, Senior Sustainability Adviser at WWF as well as a host of politicians and food industry experts.

Read more: Barry chairs Fabian Society debate on food waste

Barry speaks at The Energy Event in Birmingham



On 11th September 2012 Barry joined Professor Brian Cox, ITV News Special Correspondent Daisy McAndrew and a number of energy experts to speak at The Energy Event at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Read more: Barry speaks at The Energy Event in Birmingham


Barry invited by HRH The Prince of Wales to a roundtable discussion on Accounting for Sustainability at the Royal Society


On 30th May 2012 Barry took part in an event organised by HRH The Prince of Wales discussing the development of global accounting standards for a sustainable green economy ahead of the United Nations Rio+20 conference – the most important global environmental and sustainable development conference in twenty years.

Barry highlighted the need for serious discussion and intelligent policy making with respect to establishing the United Kingdom as a leading global example of how to account for green economic initiatives.

For more information about HRH The Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability Project please click here.


Barry chairs Sustainability Live event at NEC Birmingham



On 22nd May 2012 Barry opened the National Energy Management Exhibition at the Sustainability Live event at the NEC Birmingham in his capacity as Leader of the Opposition's Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Environment.

Barry addressed the conference discussing how renewable energy sources factor into Electricity Market Reform.

The Sustainability Live event is one of Europe's leading conferences bringing together experts and organisations with an interest in developing a sustainable, environmentally friendly economy.


Barry takes part in panel discussion on voluntary carbon market



On 10th May 2012 Barry joined a panel of experts in Parliament for the launch of the Ecosystem Marketplace Special Report: 'Bringing it Home: Taking Stock of Government Engagement with the Voluntary Carbon Market' and to discuss voluntary carbon markets in which companies and private organisations may trade credits to offset their greenhouse gas emissions (meaning that they pay for what they emit).

Barry launches Fabian pamphlet on the role of public option in fighting global warming



On 25th April 2012 Barry launched a pamphlet for The Fabian Society examining the role of public opinion and ways in which people can become more engaged in the sort of changes required to stop dangerous levels of global warming.

You can find more information on the pamphlet, entitled "The Fairness Instinct", or about The Fabian Society here.

Barry raises awareness of London air pollution in Parliament


On 24th April 2012 Barry brought together MPs from across London to highlight concerns that Boris Johnson is putting public health at risk by spending large sums of taxpayers' money deliberately hiding London's air pollution.

In a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Caroline Spelman, London's Labour MPs condemned Boris Johnson for spending £1.5 million of public money gluing harmful pollutants to the road in an attempt to artificially reduce the readings around air quality monitoring stations.

The letter warns that spraying pollution suppressants in front of official air quality monitors does nothing to affect actual emissions; it simply misleads the people of London about the quality of the air they are breathing, while putting the UK at risk of millions of pounds of fines for failing to comply with European law for reducing air pollution in the UK.

You can read a copy of the letter here and The Guardian's coverage here.


Barry launches new Parliamentary group to encourage households and businesses to become more fuel efficient


On 17th April 2012 Barry set up a parliamentary group with other legislators from all parties to discuss the Green Deal, a new government policy which aims to encourage households and businesses to become more energy efficient by carrying out improvements to their properties.

Barry is deeply concerned that the current government proposals for the Green Deal will not be effective and the UK will not meet its own energy efficiency targets. Instead of simply carping from the sidelines, he will use the group to co-ordinate constructive criticism from businesses and energy consumer groups to improve the legislation.

Barry speaks at The Earth Debates



On 11th April 2012 Barry spoke in a debate hosted by The Earth Debates at the Natural History Museum and chaired by BBC Environmental Correspondent, Richard Black.

The debate focused on the issue of managing the supply of food for an ever increasing global population and was part of a series of debates addressing the key issues of encouraging environmental awareness, food management and the green economy, in preparation of the United Nations Rio + 20 Earth Summit.

You can watch the full debate here.


Barry takes part in conference on how fair it is to ask the people of the UK to help change the environment



On 26th March 2012 Barry took part in a question and answer session at a Fabian/Amnesty International conference on "Climate Justice: Meeting the Fairness Test".

The conference addressed environmental changes and their impact on society. As part of the conference, much research was presented showing who would be most vulnerable to the effects of environmental change and how best to ensure fairness when bringing in policies to encourage such change. Various differing arguments were put forward as to how best to raise awareness of these effects and to ensure discussion on the subject.

You can find more information about Amnesty International here and about the Fabian Society here


Barry Attends EU Discussion on Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy



On 28th February 2012 Barry attended a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on the EU reform of Common Fisheries Policy. Barrry joined members of national Parliaments, the EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki and the European Parliament in discussing ways to ensure the preservation of biodiversity and healthy fish stocks.


Barry's speaks in Westminster Hall debate on sustainable Olympics


On Tuesday 21 February 2012, Barry addressed Parliament about ways to make sure the environment is not harmed during the events of the London Olympics, continuing the campaign against the involvement of Dow Chemicals in London 2012.

Barry is committed to raising awareness in Parliament regarding Dow Chemical's involvement to India's Bhopas gas disaster in 1984, which killed more than 15,000 people. The US firm was awarded the £7m contract to provide the decorative wrap for London's Olympic Stadium, despite continuing criticism of its involvement to India's Bjopas gas disaster in 1984.

A full text of Barry's speech can be found here:

Read more: Barry's speaks in Westminster Hall debate on sustainable Olympics

Barry Chairs All Parliamentary Group Event on the Economics of Biodiversity



On January 16th, Barry hosted and led an important meeting with over 70 leading biodeversity experts as well as legislators at Westminster to discuss the economic value of biodeversity and ecosystems.

Barry himself plays a leading role in highlighting the importance of protecting and conserving biodiversity to Government and Parliament.

 For more information and for a report of the meeting, please

Barry's Speech on Energy Prices


On 11 January 2012, Barry spearheaded the debate against doorstep selling as part of the Opposition Day Debate on Energy Prices in the House of Commons. Barry has continually advocated for decreased energy prices and continues to campaign against the Big Six Energy Companies.

Since 2004, gas and electricity bills have increased more than six times faster than household incomes, meaning that a quarter of all households in England and Wales are now in fuel poverty. Increasing energy bills and stagnating incomes also mean that an additional 25% of people now face energy debts and more than 850,000 electricity consumers and more than 700,000 gas customers are now in debt to their energy supplier.

I would dearly love to give the hon. Member for Ipswich (Ben Gummer) a lesson in the history he so eloquently went into earlier, but I shall defer that to another occasion. I would point out, however, that although he accused the previous Government of not having tackled structural reform in the energy market, they did so on two occasions with the new electricity trading arrangements, or NETA, and the British electricity trading and transmission arrangements, or BETTA. We will save the rest of that debate for another day.

Read more: Barry's Speech on Energy Prices

Barry Speaks at Green Energy Event in Parliament



On December 13th, Barry spoke at 'How Green Should We Go?', an event jointly hosted by the Institute of Public Policy Research and Centrica in the House of Commons. This is part of a series of proposals launced by Barry to ensure that members of Parliament understand that protecting the environment and moving to a greener economy should be a priority.

The event examined the demands of climate change and what needed to be done to reduce carbon emissions in a cost effective way.

Other speakers included: David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change; Gearoid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy; Nick Pearce, Director of the IPPR; and Matthew Sinclair, Director of the Tax Payers Alliance.


Barry Launches Campaign at the Olympic Stadium



Barry Gardiner MP, as Chair of Labour Friends of India, along with survivors of the Bhopal disaster and Indian Olympians, launched a new campaign at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford on Tuesday to protest the decision to award Dow Chemical Company the contract to build the decorative wrapping on the Olympic Stadium.

Barry and Labour Friends of India are appalled by Dow's human rights record in regards to the victims of the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster puts the Olympic legacy at risk.

Dow owns Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), which was responsible for the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal. Half a million people were exposed to the gas and 25,000 have died to date as a result of their exposure. More than 120,000 people still suffer from illness caused by the accident and the pollution that followed at the plant site.

Read more: Barry Launches Campaign at the Olympic Stadium

Barry Gardiner Challenges Chris Huhne over his Support for Doorstep Selling


At today's question time in the House of Commons, Barry embarrassed Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, about his support for unwelcome doorstep sales of gas and electricity contracts at a time when Britain's six biggest energy providers are abandoning this practice. Barry has been actively campaigning against this selling practice as it does not offer better deals and often targets vulnerable customers.

Companies began reconsidering their doorstep sales after Barry asked the CEOs of the 'Big Six' whether they would ever encourage their own children to buy a financial product on the doorstep.

After this debate, four of the six big energy companies announced that they will stop cold selling on the doorstep.

Barry said: "Chris Huhne and the CEOs of E.ON and Scottish Power remain the only three top energy bosses in Britain who still think that targeting vulnerable customers on their doorstep is a fair and useful practice".

Read more: Barry Gardiner Challenges Chris Huhne over his Support for Doorstep Selling


Big Six Energy Companies Split by Barry's Campaign to End Doorstep Selling


Slowly but surely the Big Six Energy Companies are crumbling. This comes after Barry wrote to all the Big Six Chief Executives to demand they stop their doorstep selling practices.

Barry challenged the Big Six to "Get off our Doorsteps" when he asked each of the companies' representatives whether any of them had ever bought a major financial purchase like energy from a cold-call doorstep sales rep. Not one could claim they had and they admitted that they would never recommend that their children should either!

First Scottish & Southern Energy announced that they would cease doorstep sales. This was followed by British Gas/Centrica.

In August Barry wrote to all the other chief executives. On the 30th of August E.ON's CEO Dr. Paul Golby responded refusing to end doorstep sales, with a letter attempting to justify the practise. He stepped down the following day.

On the 1st of September, RWE nPower's CEO Volker Beckers wrote back accepting that change was necessary, but did not state when his company would stop. Finally EDF Energy replied on the 7th September agreeing to end unsolicited door-step selling.

Scottish Power stated that they propose to continue cold calling on people.

E.ON and Scottish Power thus remain the last two companies amongst Britain's largest six energy firms which do not intend to stop selling energy contracts on the doorstep, a practice which has attracted widespread public criticism.

Read more: Big Six Energy Companies Split by Barry's Campaign to End Doorstep Selling



commented 2015-08-25 11:55:03 +0100
It’s interesting to know that my local MP “Barry Gardiner” seems to use his position to address important issues which effect the lives of the general public.
but the fact is for all his efforts
attitudes don’t seem to be changing?
and If they are I would like to see because from my standpoint
things are the same as they have always been.
and if anything,
the public are becoming more aware of what is going on.
more and more people are aware that they are being ripped off on a daily basis and exploited as well
and it tends to be linked to money.
businesses charge more than they should,
and it seems like everyone is trying to exploit one another for money.
how has this country become like this?
could it be due to the minimum wage?
and that it has taken literal decades for a government to accept that working class people deserve to be paid enough to be able to live with dignity.
and though George Osbourne has finally done what all other chancellors have failed to do in calling for the minimum wage to be increased,
that does not mean that “all employers” will consent.
every other day I read a news paper report which reveals yet another business which is exploiting its staff and paying them less than the minimum.
that will no doubt continue as the time draws nearer to when the minimum wage is to be replaced by the living wage.
the system plays a major part in why this things happen.
the main reason I believe is because successive governments on both sides
have failed to deal with the need to increase wages for the working class.
Labour in my opinion should hold their collective heads in shame
because while Barry Gardiner goes around doing his “act” he and his colleagues have never dealt with the low wages issue.
instead it did was to introduce working tax credits
which are now being phased out by the current government.
and yet Labour continues to believe that it is on the side of the poor in Britain.
after three consecutive terms in government,
the Working class people in Britain are almost on their knees
due to the low wages, the high cost of buying a house, the increase in immigration,the lack of so called “affordable housing”
and the list goes on and on.
it begs the obvious question…what on earth was Labour doing during its 13 years in Government?
what happened to the optimistic “things can only get better” and Fair minded belief that “Britain deserves better”?
what was the point in using those slogans only to fail to put them into action?
this is why many people continue to believe that they were “mislead” duped, whatever you want to call it.
a political party that Believes Britain deserves better and wants the electorate to believe that it has their best interests in mind and heart
shows it by using their time to change things for the better.
now I know that in a country like Britain where there is no end of problems,
change will take time
but if the public can see “evidence” that convinces them that the government is sticking to its promises,
then there is no reason for them to feel disheartened.
but the fact what the public were seeing didn’t make them feel secure and optimistic
and by the day Labour lost the election in 2010
it was obvious that the public had been mislead and let down in the most unjust shameful way.
I mean for a political party like Labour who claim to be the party of social Justice
and yet when given three chances in government
they acted unjustly and left the country and people drowning in debt.
the people were right to reject ed balls.
after all wasn’t he the man who went on record saying that he failed to regulate the banks
which went on to cause the worldwide crash.
for him to expect to be “given another chance” shows how insensitive and out of touch he is.
I believe it is in vain that the Labour party are now “conveniently using the austerity measures in order to win back trust and votes”
back in 1997 they used the policies of the outgoing Tory Government
to win trust and votes
only to then go on to let the people badly.
this is why I consider all that My Local MP Barry Gardiner does as nothing other than a vanity project.
Just playing the tired worn out role as the down to earth on our side politician.
but I no longer fall for that.
enough time has passed to show that it is indeed a vanity project
simply for him to appear to be concerned about issues which affect the common people.
the day the public start to wake up and see politicians as they are
is the first step to recovery.
it may not make us more financially secure,
it may not make it easier for working class people to buy their own home,
but it will help us to stop putting our trust in a model that is broken and useless.
from Feb 27th 1900 when the Labour party was formed,
little has changed for the people it claimed to represent.
I’m fed up of hearing the tired old “we created the NHS” etc etc…not to say I see no value in the NHS,
rather my point is yes The Labour party did Create the NHS
but the NHS in the 21st century is struggling to cope
after decades of under funding and decades of failure to deal with unhealthy lifestyles which leads to illness which the NHS has to deal with.
but unless it is funded properly
how is it able to cope with a nation that is becoming evermore unhealthy?
also how can the Labour party Boast about Being the Creator of the NHS
when it is also the Party that has consistently allowed the cigarette business to provide the public with the means to wreck health and lives?
and even when that impacts on the NHS
it still continues to allow smoking to be legal.
a blind person behind the wheel of a car which crashes and destroys the life of not only the driver but the passengers Too
can be forgiven
simply cause the driver could not see and therefore a fatal crash was inevitable.
but when clear sighted people behind the steering wheel of government
recklessly steer their passengers (the electorate) to crash after crash,
which leaves the passengers more hurt and wounded that the drivers (MP’s)
that is much harder to forgive.
after all the political drivers fall over themselves to convince the passengers to trust them.
and they reassure them that they are sober and qualified to steer the country and they know where they are going.
so the passengers trust them and enter the vehicle only to end up hurt and wounded in every way possible.
is it any wonder that many people in this country are so fed up and frustrated and stressed?
and those feelings are intensified as they see and hear the worse drivers known to man (the Labour party) desperately trying to convince them that they have in effect sobered up and are ready to get behind the wheel of government again.
if the public fall for Labour again in 2020
they are gluttons for punishment in my opinion.

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