Political sea views
Political sea views With the political parties setting out their respective manifesto pledges over the past week, positions on issues such as the economy, NHS and immigration have unsurprisingly grabbed the headlines.
Political sea views With the political parties setting out their respective manifesto pledges over the past week, positions on issues such as the economy, NHS and immigration have unsurprisingly grabbed the headlines. However, amid these attempts to differentiate their respective offers to voters, an emerging, and perhaps surprising, consensus has emerged on the need to ramp up protection of our seas. Further detail is available in the respective manifesto documents, but the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green parties have all made clear commitments to complete the domestic network of marine protected areas, alongside ambitious proposals in the UK’s Overseas Territories. Each of these parties, as well as UKIP, have also outlined views on fisheries policy. As a leading partner in campaigns for manifesto pledges to complete both the UK network of MPAs - the Marine Charter - and expansion of marine protection in the UK Overseas Territories - Great British Oceans - the commitments on MPAs in particular represent a success for MCS. These cross-party statements of ambition provide reason to be optimistic that, regardless of the outcome on May 7, the next elected Government intends to take some of the significant steps necessary to restore and protect our seas. MCS will continue to work with any party to ensure that these pre-election commitments translate into the meaningful action needed to protect our seas.
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