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Stone forms climate change focus group


By Alan Hendry

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Jamie Stone (top right) and constituents who took part in the virtual lobby organised by the Climate Coalition.
Jamie Stone (top right) and constituents who took part in the virtual lobby organised by the Climate Coalition.

North MP Jamie Stone has set up a focus group with constituents after they took part in a virtual lobby for climate change.

The lobby was organised by the Climate Coalition, with 20 local residents signing up to speak to their Westminster representative.

With the agreement of all those who attended, Mr Stone created a plan of action for both local and national issues, such as biodiversity in farming and increasing the longevity of tech products.

Together the group has now written to the Prime Minister with the following demands:

  • Use the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to invest in new, greener jobs and industries
  • Include strong environmental protections in every bailout of polluting industries, such as the aviation industry
  • Increase grants for climate policies and investment into green energy for the so-called Global South

The group will meet again with the MP in three weeks to discuss the next steps. It includes constituents from Dornoch, Thurso, Dunbeath, Alness and Bettyhill.

Mr Stone, the Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, said: “I had so much fun engaging with people from all over the far north about their environmental concerns. We spoke about everything from biodiversity in farming to green transport.

"I am no fan of a quick publicity stunt and that being the end of it. That's why I have set up this focus group, so we can continue to fight for climate change together."


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