Over 100 Parliamentary Candidates Pledge to Support Environmental Health

10 December 2019, Ross Matthewman

CIEH is delighted to announce that over 100 Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) from across the political spectrum have pledged to support environmental health priorities if elected.

At the start of the election campaign, CIEH called on all PPCs to acknowledge the vital role of Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) and to pledge to support the policy recommendations in CIEH’s Manifesto for Environmental Health.

With just two days to go until the election, CIEH can happily announce that 112 PPCs, representing eight political parties, have committed to supporting environmental health and CIEH’s manifesto.

CIEH’s manifesto contains seven key recommendations for the next government to improve our health and our environment:

  • Commit to maintain and improve food safety and standards as the UK leaves the EU
  • Create a new Minister for Food to oversee the National Food Strategy
  • Make the display of Food Hygiene Ratings by food businesses in England mandatory
  • Establish new transparent and independent environmental regulators for all UK nations
  • Commit to legally-binding air quality targets in line with World Health Organisation guidelines
  • Introduce a mandatory national registration scheme for landlords and agents in England
  • Make energy efficiency a priority for housing across all UK nations

Anne Godfrey, CIEH Chief Executive, said:

“It is great to see so many parliamentary candidates acknowledge the importance of environmental health and the essential role environmental health practitioners play in society.

Our manifesto outlines the key steps necessary to safeguard our environment and improve our nation’s health. We look forward to working with those candidates who are successful to ensure that these are actively promoted at Westminster and in the devolved nations.

We hope to see even more candidates pledge to support environmental health in the final few days of this election campaign.

We call on all political parties to commit to supporting environmental health and the policies in our manifesto.”

 

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