Dear Mr Pursglove
I didn’t see you at Saturday’s Walk for Wildlife but as there were around 10,000 attendees we could easily have missed each other. I didn’t actually notice any Conservative MPs and Michael Gove decided that he was unable to meet Chris Packham and some of the younger participants in the rally and walk, which was a great shame and a big missed opportunity.
Photo: Luke Dray/Woodland Trust.
As well as the walk through London we published a Manifesto for Wildlife which you can find here. I’d be very interested to hear your views on it and which elements you think could appear in your party’s manifesto next time around. The next general election may, of course, not be that far away. The Conservative Party’s election manifesto was extremely poor on wildlife and nature conservation in 2017 – you need to take on board some of these ideas if you are to deserve and command greater public support. I was in Liverpool yesterday and notice that Labour has produced a new environment strategy which looks quite good.
I suspect that many people who support the Wildlife Manifesto and who were disappointed by the lack of any show from government ministers or Conservative MPs will be writing to their MPs to seek their views. But I am very interested to hear yours, please.
Dr Mark Avery