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Summary of CPF consultation on the Environment & Animal Welfare

In response to the CPF discussion on the Environment and Animal Welfare, we received submissions from 94 CPF groups, representing 105 constituencies plus one Conservatives Abroad group and at least 808 members. Since the start of the year, about 1,800 members from 194 constituencies have participated in CPF discussions. This includes 21 groups that have newly launched and 28 that have relaunched.

Of those who participated in this consultation, 8% were not Party members. About one-in-eighteen (5.5%) represent swing seats (constituencies that we won or lost in the 2019 general election), almost one-in-five (18.7%) opposition-held seats and three-quarters (75.8%) Conservative-held seats. About one-in-six (17%) live in the devolved nations and two-in-five (38%) in the North or the Midlands, while just over three-in-seven (43%) live in the South or East. Thank you to everybody who has been involved: your ideas are continuing to help shape our country's future.

What follows is an overview of the key points raised by CPF groups plus a few representative quotations.

“Develop the theme: ‘Think globally, act locally.’”

“We are rightly proud of the high standard to which UK farmers produce food, often exceeding the requirements set by the EU.”

“It should be left to the people to choose what produce they want to buy and how much they are willing to pay.”

“Nationwide improvement of broadband of at least 10Mb/s will do more to energise the UK economy than any other infrastructural improvement and must form an essential part of the Government’s levelling up programme.”

CPF groups overwhelmingly support securing improvements in environmental and animal welfare standards from foreign suppliers through lower tariffs.

Three-in-four CPF groups (72%) think more should be done to promote seasonal food.

At least half of all CPF groups (51%) said that food labels should clearly display more information about how and where the food was produced and processed. Almost half of all CPF groups (48%) called for a ban on the export of live animals. Over two-in-five (43%) called for a review of the rules governing abattoirs.

More than one-in-three (36%) highlighted the need to protect our fisheries and to ensure they work more effectively.

More than one-in-three (34%) called for improvement in flood defences.

About one-in-three (30%) called for greater investment in hydrogen energy and about one-in-four (24%) in small nuclear.

One-in-four (27%) stated they were unopposed to the use of chlorination, “providing that there is clear information so consumers can make an educated choice.”

One-in-four (24%) mentioned the need to address global population growth. About one-in-five (18%) proposed using our overseas aid budget as a lever to encourage improved environment and animal welfare policies.

Over one-in-six (18%) said to stage a ‘Festival of Britain’-type “Green Britain” exhibition, showcasing our world-leading green tech and environmental knowhow.

One-in-six (17%) said we should invest in the genetic modification of crops.

One-in-seven (14%) expressed concern over the use of palm oil, but also recognised that an outright ban risks an increase in land used for producing alternative oils and diminished efforts to produce palm oil sustainably.

One-in-seven (14%) called for a “Buy British” campaign in food production.

One-in-nine (11%) called for greater provision for allotments.

Other top suggestions included:

  • A UN body should be formed to inspect facilities in any country regarding biosecurity, with the power to enforce certain standards (similar to the nuclear inspectorate).

  • Turn the Environment Agency into a strategic service delivery arm of DEFRA and devolve many of their local functions to local authorities.

  • Launch a COVID Bond to which members of society would be encouraged to subscribe; purchase of the Bond would be voluntary and free of interest, so preferable to a tax.

  • Legislate for all new-build properties to have solar panels, air- or ground-source heating, rainwater harvesting, grey-water recycling and charging points for electric vehicles.


There does seem to be a shortage of knowledge on the subject of climate change in the Party. One ex Minister told me that he thought CO2 was 60% of the atmosphere an overestimate by 1500 times !. Since there has been no warming of the planet for over twenty years yet CO2 concentration continues to climb we must be concerned that MPs are not taking trouble to check the facts. Every living creature and plant came from CO2 and its concentration has been a thousand times higher than now with no appreciably greater temperature. Not long ago there was not a single scientist in the House of Commons. It is little wonder that the green agenda can seem attractiv…

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I agree with you Anthony. I find it extremely worrying that MPs seem to have very limited scientific understanding in general. This is evident with the recent laissez-faire attitude towards Covid-19 and its spread as well as anthropogenic global warming. I am worried that Liz Truss appears to be included in the list of uneducated. Her desire to remove the green levy on fuel duty and her unfortunate comments about farmer's fields of solar panels, is cause for concern..


We can be in such safe hands for our post Brexit standards with Sec of State George Eustice MP, a true son of the tilled soil.

As regards the other suggestions :

“A UN body should be formed to inspect facilities in any country regarding biosecurity, with the power to enforce certain standards (similar to the nuclear inspectorate).”

In my opinion, the UN is riddled through with fault and unaccountability and as a reborn independent sovereign coastal state, there should be no involvement with any global body but officers chosen by elected MPs for a 3 year period to inspect biosecurity and suggest improvements.

The cost of new build properties to have solar panels etc enriches only those involved. Solar…


I think it is difficult to understand why fast broadband and the developing of our economy, while important issues, was identified as a key point raised in this forum. Also there was a significant absence of comments on climate change except for a mention of the role of hydrogen which is important but just a part of the challenge to reach net zero carbon emissions. The climate of our environment should have been a key part of the discussions as we have less than 30 years to achieve the target and little is being done, even by the climate change committee to develop a national plan to reach net zero emissions.

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