Five parliamentarians who have done their bit for the environment are standing down at this general election. The danger is that they will be overlooked so here’s a very quick mention for them:
Joan Walley – chair of the Environmental Audit Committee through, possibly, its most successful period.
John Randall – birder who spoke out for wildlife throughout his period in parliament but particularly in the last 18 months when freed from the shackles of being Deputy Chief Whip.
William Hague – said the right things about climate change on the world stage as Foreign Secretary.
Alastair Darling – this is reaching back quite a long way, but made the right decision on an airport at Cliffe – No Airport at Cliffe!
Greg Barker – a good DECC shadow minister and minister.