THE MP for Mid-Worcestershire, Nigel Huddleston, has welcomed details of the Government’s Environment Bill, which is set to be debated in Parliament.

The MP has given his support to the proposals that will see a new independent Office for Environmental Protection established.

That body would ensure governments are held to account on their legally-binding environmental targets.

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The Office would also monitor and report on government progress to end Britain’s contribution to climate change altogether by 2050.

The bill would legally underpin the restoration of nature and set binding targets for improving air and water quality. The legislation would also make sure new houses are built and delivered in a way which protects and enhances nature, as well as providing communities a greater say in the protection of local trees.

Mr Huddleston said: “This Environment Bill shows that enhancing our environment is at the heart of government decision-making.

"This Government has a proven record on tackling climate change, including the Conservative-led legislation to reach net zero emissions by 2050. I warmly welcome the creation of an independent Office for Environmental Protection to oversee progress on this pledge.

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“Legally-binding targets to tackle air pollution and improve water quality is an extension of our commitment to making sure the environment is left in a better state than when we found it. By championing nature-based solutions to these problems, this Bill really demonstrates our commitment to tackling climate change.”

This week has seen Extension Rebellion, the environmental campaign group calling for the government to take action, step up its campaigning in London.