As the Member of Parliament for Bristol West, I get many letters and emails from constituents on a regular basis. Some people want a little help in improving their living conditions, others want me to vote a particular way on a Bill, and some are just plain weird!
The ones that give me the most joy are those from my youngest constituents. I am filled with pride when young people write to me about causes they are passionate about. This gives me hope that the future of Bristol and our world is in good hands. In the past I have been written to about the need for protecting the melting icecaps as well as our bees.
Most recently Rosie (11 years old) wrote to me about her petition which calls for recycling or banning the use of polystyrene plastics in Bristol. She is absolutely right in pointing out plastic use harms not only humans but also many animals. I fully support her petition and urge you to do so as well:
I was also happy to support a Labour amendment to the Environment Bill, for regulations to be made about charges on all single use items, including plastic. Due to the pressure from Labour, the government had to accept this proposal. You can read more my views about the Environment Bill here: The Environment Bill falls short – but Labour wins an important protection – Thangam Debbonaire.
I look forward to reading more letters from my youngest and concerned constituents.