Parliamentary candidates to be grilled about nature
Thursday 2nd April 2015
(Above) Marine survey © Peter Tinsley (below) wind turbine © Tony Bates (below) Badger © Wild Stock
Ahead of the general election, West Dorset is to hold a debate with candidates from all five of the main parties standing for election, giving local people a chance to hear the Parliamentary Candidates views about environmental issues in Dorset.
The West Dorset Election Hustings will be hosted at the Thomas Hardye School theatre on Wednesday 15th April at 7.30pm, where the candidates will have the opportunity to hear resident’s views and explain what their party will do for Dorset’s environment.
Nature: of huge importance to health, wellbeing and the economy.
The natural environment is of huge importance to health, wellbeing and economic growth. The election comes at a time when many contentious issues dominate the county, including: solar power on nature reserves, placement of wind turbines, the need to reduce our carbon footprint, badger culling in the county and damage to farm businesses by bovine TB. Fracking under the AoNB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the establishment of marine protected areas, illegal hunting, trapping and cruel abuse are also high up on the list of issues which need attention. This event is a chance to find out what political parties think about all these topics.
A lively and interesting evening...
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive, Simon Cripps, will be one of the questioners. He said, “It should be a lively and interesting evening which will no doubt test the chairing skills of the head-teacher. We should learn a lot about what the parties think and what they are promising us. Nature needs our support more than ever before and I want to see if the parties are up to the job.”
The public have a right to know what politicians think
Lesley Docksey, co-organiser of the Hustings, said: “I think the public have a right to know what the politicians are thinking about one of the most important subjects for the people of Dorset the environment we live in and the wildlife that makes up the special character of the county.”
Suggest a question and come along
Representatives from nine of the main environmental groups in the county will be asking the candidate’s questions related to their field and also posing questions sent in by the public. To suggest a question email it to by the Thursday 9th April. Free tickets can be collected from the school office from 13th April, subject to availability.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn or Simon Cripps at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
The parliamentary candidates are:
Oliver Letwin (Con)
Rachel Rogers (Lab)
Ros Kayes (LibDem)
Peter Barton (Green)
David Glossop (UKIP)
The main questions will be in the following 9 areas:
Hunting and shooting
Farm animal welfare
Badger cull and Vaccination
For specific information direct from the organisations asking the questions contact:
Compassion in World Farming - Anna Celeste Watson 01305 267854
Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare - Karin Snellock 01305 889830/ 0781 4421284
Dorset Badger Vaccination Project - Sue Aldous 07720 266346
Dorset Wildlife Trust - Simon Cripps 01305 264 620,
Greenpeace - Irene Statham 01305 250123
Hunting issues - Lesley Docksey 01300 345109
West Dorset Friends of the Earth - Henry Lovegrove 01935 891415
West Dorset Pro Wind - Jeanie Averill 01305 251378
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