Tim Farron, Lib Dem MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, is a former party leader and currently the Lib Dem Environment spokesperson and spokesperson for the North of England.
His response to a constituent about the Manifesto for Wildlife is both quick and positive – and also demonstrates that he has at least glanced at its contents. This what he wrote:
Thank you very much for your recent email with regard to the People’s Walk for Wildlife.
Unfortunately, I was tied up with constituency duties last weekend and was not able to attend. I am encouraged by Chris Packham’s manifesto and agree with many of its tenets. Children do need to have more connection with nature. If we can instill in them a love of the outdoors early on, they will be natural protectors of our environment. The planning system must be improved to include greater consideration for wildlife and their ecology. New homes and offices should be built to a code that keeps our environment in mind and we need to hold the Government to account to ensure it follows through on its promises to pursue greener policies.
I am concerned, for instance, that the upcoming Agriculture Bill does not adequately support our wildlife and those who care for it. I am concerned that its ideas are sound on paper but may have many unintended negative consequences.
Thank you very much for sharing your concerns with me. I am glad to hear the Walk was well attended. I am sorry to have missed it.
Please write to your MP (including writing to Tim Farron if he is your MP – just because he has written one reply to a constituent doesn’t mean he can’t write some more) and ask them what they will do to promote the ideas in the Manifesto for Wildlife. All MPs have been sent copies and it is available online too.