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Keith Taylor MEP for the South East Weekly Update

27 July 2018

27th July


‘Yew cannot be serious!’ Local residents snubbed by Forestry Commission in Surrey

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, hit out at Forest Enterprise England (FEE) after the public body refused to meet local residents to hear their concerns about the management of FEE land in Dorking.

Mr Taylor MEP, a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee and European Chair of the Climate Parliament, said:

“I find it extraordinary that a public body funded by taxpayers has flat out refused to meet with those taxpayers and their elected representative. The organisation has completely failed to twig just how bad this looks.”

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Green MEP meets campaigners and calls for ‘renewed vigour’ in fight against Oxford Expressway

Green MEP calls for “renewed vigour” and “cooperation” between activists and residents fighting against the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, following a visit to meet campaign groups on Tuesday.

In a series of meetings, the senior Green politician spoke with the Save Otmoor campaign, representatives of CPRE Oxfordshire, the Expressway Action Group and members of Aylesbury Vale, Milton Keynes and Oxford Green Parties.

Speaking after the event, Keith Taylor MEP, a member of the European Parliament’s Environment and Transport Committees, said:

“Speaking to campaigners across Oxfordshire has been a humbling experience; the passion with which the people I met, some of whom have put their lives on hold to fight this campaign, speak about the need to protect our communities and environments is inspiring.”

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Greens back petition calling for Hunting Act strengthening to stop wildlife killings

Keith Taylor, MEP for South East England and Green Party Animals Spokesperson has signed a petition calling for hunting legislation to be strengthened, amid growing concerns that British wildlife is still being targeted due to loopholes in the law.

Signing the petition, launched by animal welfare charity the League Against Cruel Sports, Keith Taylor met with representatives from the charity at its Surrey headquarters, to find out how ‘trail’ hunting is being used as a cover for illegal hunting and how exemptions and loopholes in the law are resulting in wildlife being chased and killed in the name of ‘sport’.

Keith Taylor MEP said:

“I’m delighted to be joining the tens of thousands of people who are calling for an urgent review of the laws to prevent hunting. Unfortunately for Britain’s vulnerable wild animals, hunts continue with little or no consequences, resulting in needless, cruel, and illegal deaths. We must ensure the laws work as advertised and that foxes, deer, badgers and dogs get the protection they deserve.”

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After transphobic Pride hijack, Green MEP highlights ‘work to be done’ on trans issues in Trans Pride Brighton statement

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a former Brighton and Hove Councillor, has sent a message of support to all those involved in and preparing for Trans Pride Brighton this weekend.

After Transphobic protests marred the London Pride March earlier in the summer, the senior Green politician and member of the European Parliament’s LGBTI intergroup, was keen to highlight the issues Trans people still face in Britain.

In a video message, Mr Taylor MEP said:

“Stonewall figures show the challenges that trans people still face in UK society – eight of ten young trans people self-harm or attempt suicide and 41%  have experienced hate crime based on their gender identity in the last year.”

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Green MEP welcomes UK Pride to the Isle of Wight for the first time

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has sent a message of support and celebration as the Isle of Wight prepares to host UK Pride for the very first time on Saturday.

The senior Green politician and member of the European Parliament’s LGBTI Intergroup said:

“I won’t ever tire of welcoming Pride celebrations across the region as the celebration of our diversity continues to grow. I am especially delighted to be welcoming the official UK Pride to the Isle of Wight this year.”

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