Thursday 22 August 2019 / 12:08 PM Luke Pollard / Water

Rivers used as ‘open sewers’ – Luke Pollard responds

Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Fishing, Flooding and Water Minister, responding to the World Wide Fund for Nature’s warning that targets for rivers to be healthy are unlikely to be met, said:

“There is a collective blame of the water companies, the government, as well as those land owners polluting our waterways. More needs to be done to make our rivers cleaned enough for swimming and, perhaps more importantly, pollution free for fish, birds, insects and mammals.

“We are in the middle of a climate crisis. More of the same won’t cut it. What water companies have done to date isn’t enough. Fat cat shareholders should not enjoy bumper returns while rivers are polluted. The next Labour government will take water companies back into public ownership and use the dividends that currently flow to private shareholders to invest in climate change adaptions and lower bills.”

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