We expect our local MP to think nationally and act locally. Hence we pose to candidates almost the same questions as to Hampshire County candidates on 4th May:
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) set out the dangerous impact of air pollution on health in the UK, suggesting that around 40,000 deaths a year are linked to air pollution.
1(a) Is pollution an important issue for you?
1(b) What steps would you take to reduce pollution locally?
Basingstoke and Deane Borough meets only 1.8% of its energy needs from local renewables; Hampshire as a whole meets only 1.5%. The national target is 15% by 2020: this is also the target in the borough Local Plan.
2(a) How do you think the borough, the county and the UK should reach the target?
2(b) How will you engage with the public and local and national business to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy production?