Liz Truss faces a rural rebellion against her plans to prioritize…A rush of economic growthOn protecting nature and the environment.
Party dignitaries, including ministers under Boris JohnsonPrime Minister and former Conservative Party leader William Haigjoin National TrustThe RSPBBThe fishing confidence And the Wildlife Boxes criticizing what they see environmental sabotage.
This follows concerns that Truss is dealing with leading nature charities as part of the so-called “Anti-growth coalition” which it claims to be facing.
With MPs back in Parliament, Truss faces Tory revolts on several fronts in the wake of a chaotic party conference. Senior MPs believe she is now a “captive of the parliamentary party”, unable to enforce controversial policies on tax, welfare and immigration. The environment has become the latest flashpoint.
Former Nature Minister Rebecca Bow, who resigned because of the Partigate party, has spoken out against the attack on nature organizations. Former Environment Secretary George Eustis is said to be appalled by the way the policies he advocated are being dismantled.
said the prisoner observer: “Government must involve the full range of stakeholders when developing agricultural and environmental policies, including farmers and NGOs. They bring valuable evidence and are practitioners who bring nature recovery and food production on the ground.
“As the Minister of the Environment, I have regularly consulted them when setting environmental law goals to improve and restore the environment. Likewise, their views have been critical in helping to design ELMs to achieve those goals and set us on a path to healthy ecosystems and sustainable food production.”
Nature groups are now working together to mobilize millions of their members against conservative policies. With Conservative support collapsing in opinion polls, prospects for the countryside conservatives The mass desertion will have Tory MPs worried when they return to Westminster this week.
Latest poll about observertaken after Disastrous Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last weekshows the largest labor progress the company has ever recorded. Care Starmer The party holds a 21-point lead, while Truss’s personal approval rating is the worst the company has scored for a prime minister.
use gears Conference speech To attack an “anti-growth coalition” comprising the Green Lobby.
Wildlife groups worried that rare animals and plants could lose their protection when promised “Torch” of European routine happens later this year. The species is also at risk from government plans to create new investment zones. Gears growth plan He says that environmental legislation can be reduced to facilitate development in these areas.
Although No 10 has promised to protect the environment, it has not made any specific guarantees for it Areas of outstanding natural beautyor sites of special scientific interest or National nature reserves. It also did not mention that rare animals will be protected from development in investment areas.
Martin Salter of the Angling Trust said: “Given the government’s current problems, beggars believe that this time they have chosen to do battle with the public and groups concerned with protecting wildlife and the natural environment. The RSPB, Rivers Trust, National Trust and Wildlife Trust among them represent over 10 million Voter.Add a few million fishermen and countless others who are horrified to see rivers polluted and green spaces destroyed forever, and you create a “Formidable Alliance of Concern.” Les Truss It is best to listen again to the advice of former Environment Secretary Michael Gove who warned of the dangers of reneging on promises made to protect our rivers and our natural environment.”
Craig Bennett, CEO of Wildlife Trusts, said: “Restoring nature and creating a greener, healthier and more prosperous future must go hand in hand. Pitting the economy and the environment against each other is a regression to the kind of outdated, failed ideological thinking that got us to this point. Chaos, not what we need to get us out of it. The Conservative Party was elected into government on the promise to leave the environment in better shape for the next generation. It has no electoral mandate to do the opposite.”
Meanwhile, Haig recently wrote: “The idea that we can choose faster growth at the expense of our environment shows an inadequate understanding of those trends – that we are biological beings who need a thriving ecosystem around us, not gods who can dispense with them if we wish.”
“Crucially, it also exposes a misunderstanding of the future of growth. The big prizes for growth in the coming decades will go to the cities that can breathe, with the trees that help and the wildlife that proves it.” The Truss government also sparked anger and confusion in rural Britain with its decision Post-Brexit Agriculture Payments Scheme ReviewEnvironmental Land Management Scheme.
This was in order to push farmers to farm sustainably, as well as create habitats for wildlife. It took six years to create the scheme, with the participation of wildlife organizations and farmers. Many farmers have signed up for pilot schemes that have changed the way they operate to be eligible for financing.
While some in the agricultural industry complained about elements of the scheme, such as the meager reward for upland farmers, the difficulty of filling out paperwork and that the government lacked details on how to qualify for elements of the future, the rural world was preparing for change.
Many were shocked and angry to learn that the government plans to review six years of work in six weeks, without warning.
The Labor Party is now making a list of rural and nature policies and making a point of defending nature organizations that the government is attacking.
Jim McMahon, Shadow Environment Secretary, said: “Instead of dismissing the views of experts, who represent millions of people’s opinions, conservationists should listen to the concerns of highly respected nature organizations about the impact of the planned fire on environmental regulations.
“Labour believes in protecting and enhancing our natural environment, not only because it is the right thing to do for our planet, but because our nature and coastal hotspots are a driver of jobs, economic growth and well-being in our great country.”
Commenting on the government’s stance on nature, Sarah McMonagle, Acting Director of Campaigns and Policy at rural charity CPRE, said: “Antiguing people who care about nature and the countryside is completely counterproductive.
“For many years, Defra has been constructively engaged with the environment sector and it is important that this continues.”
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Environment, agriculture and economic growth go hand in hand and we want to support our farmers to produce high-quality food and enhance our natural environment. We are not giving up on our agricultural reforms, including ecological land management schemes. We are committed to halting nature’s degradation by 2030 and we will not undermine our commitments to the environment in pursuit of growth.”