WATCH: Campaigners 'award' Cornwall MP for "sh*t contribution" to water quality
ONE of Cornwall’s MPs has been ‘awarded’ for his contribution to water quality around Cornwall by environmental campaigners.
The ex-Secretary of State for the Environment and MP for Camborne and Redruth had ‘special’ blue plaques installed on the front door of his constituency office in Camborne and at Porthowan beach, which is in his constituency and is frequently affected by sewage and run-off discharges according to campaigners.
Whilst George Eustice did not attend in person, campaigners organised a stand-in to take his place to receive the award and witness the unveiling, which took place on March 26 at 2pm in the Porthtowan beach car park.
The wording on the plaque said: “George Eustice MP voted to block a law requiring water companies to dump less raw sewage in our waterways and seas. 20th October 2021.”
According to the environmental group, the event was “very well attended” and those present enjoyed rhythms and music from a local environmental and social justice activist samba band, JamFirst. They were also visited by Mischief the Mermaid, who is herself a passionate advocate for clean seas.
The event was part of an ongoing protest by collaborative environmental groups, water users and residents across the South West who say they are fed up with the “disgraceful” levels of pollution being released into UK waters.
After being approached by The Packet for comment, George Eustice MP said: “I introduced the solution to the historic problem of Victorian era storm overflows while I was Secretary of State last July with new legal requirements and £56 billion of investment."