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Lib Dem leader promises 'fairer funding' for Cornwall

Lib Dem leader promises 'fairer funding' for Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:57pm 26th November 2019. (Updated at 8:29pm 26th November 2019)

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has promised fairer funding for Cornwall in the general election battle.

Jo Swinson has been visiting surf brand workshop Finisterre, based at Wheal Kitty in St Agnes, during the campaign trail.

The Cornish business had led the way in sustainability and reusable plastics.

It comes as the party launches a war on plastics, setting out a raft of policies to try and end 'the UK's addiction to plastic'.

The policies include: Requiring all retailers to reduce the amount of plastics and non-recyclable packaging they use, implementing a deposit return scheme and ending plastic exports abroad by 2030.

Jo Swinson Lib Dems

"The UK produces 2.26 million tonnes of plastic packaging every year, but less than half of this is being recycled. The Conservatives have claimed they will cut plastic pollution but all they have done in reality is attempt to get headlines with piecemeal bans on straws and stirrers.

"The Liberal Democrats demand better for our environment. We need a rapid plan to eliminate plastic pollution if our seas are to recover from the damage we've done.

"That is why the Liberal Democrats are proposing a radical plan that will end the UK's addiction to plastic. By banning all non-essential non-recyclable single-use plastics within the first three years of a Liberal Democrat government we will stop huge amounts of plastic pollution.

"Under the Liberal Democrats, no plastic put into a bin in the UK will end up in our oceans. By declaring a war on plastic the Liberal Democrats will ensure a brighter future for our planet."

Jo Swinson, Liberal Democrats

The Lib Dem leader also told Pirate FM that Cornwall would benefit from things such as additional mental health funding, the re-balancing fund and also more money for schools and teachers.

Jo Swinson Lib Dems

How are other parties pledging to help the environment?

Labour is launching a 'new green deal' including thousands of new offshore and onshore wind turbines and enough solar panels to cover 22,000 football pitches.

The Tories are promising that seas will be protected with a £500m Blue Planet Fund, producers of plastic waste will have to take responsibility for its disposal, and the export of plastic waste to developing countries will be banned.

The Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage says they will plant billions of trees around the world to help absorb emissions.

And the Green Party has pledged to spend £100 billion on tackling the climate crisis.

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