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    RSPB responds to Nick Clegg’s green speech

    NewsMonday 11 November 2013
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    Last week Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made his green speech in which he commented on a number of environmental issues.

    The RSPB has responded to the speech stating that Clegg’s points need to be ‘turned into reality’.

    The RSPB’s Conservation Director, Martin Harper, commented on the speech after the event, which was hosted by the Green Alliance.

    On the charity’s official website, Mr Harper said: “It was right that the deputy prime minister put the natural environment back on the political agenda. It is clear that nature matters to him and his family. That it is why it is important for Mr Clegg to outline his agenda for protecting and investing in nature.

    “Mr Clegg encouraged the environmental movement to continue ‘holding our feet to the fire’ when it comes to pushing for progressive environmental policies from this administration. However he also sought to defend the lobbying bill which could seriously affect our ability to do just that.

    “Government does have a role to play so we welcome his commitment to statutory environmental bodies such as Natural England and Environment Agency – but these are bodies that are facing major cuts and are no longer able to speak truth to power.

    “The current plan for saving nature is inadequate so we need a political arms race for the best answers to these problems. Mr Clegg must therefore turn intent into action and we look forward to hearing Mr Cameron and Mr Miliband’s response.”

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