June 18, 2014
Burnham's MP expresses 'deep disappointment' at forestry sell-off

Burnham-On-Sea's MP has this week expresed her "deep disappointment" that the Prime Minister is not doing more to safeguard the country's forests.

Tessa Munt has campaigned against government's proposals to sell off publicly-owned forests and almost 1,000 people have written to her in support.

"We were promised a parliamentary bill from David Cameron, but none has been forthcoming and there was no mention of it in the Queen's Speech," she told this week.

"The nation’s forestry is the single largest provider of outdoor leisure and recreation, a vital habitat for our treasured wildlife and act to combat global warming. Managing our forestry means it also pays its own way, providing an annual profit of £400 million."

"One of my most successful Westminster campaigns was blocking the botched privatisation of this national treasure."

"Massive public and political pressure eventually forced a ‘u-turn’ at Number 10 and the Prime Minister agreed that he would introduce laws to safeguard the nation's forestry forever."

"Having recently written to David Cameron to urge him to keep his promise, I share the deep disappointment of the hundreds of people who wrote to me about this."

"I am shocked that David Cameron couldn’t be persuaded to include a Forestry Bill in the Queen’s Speech. Its absence will only add to fears that he still harbours a wish to privatise our forestry."

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