On the morning of Thursday 25th July, Southend West MP Sir David Amess raised the issue of plastic pollution with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP.
Sir David said “I join with others in congratulating my Right Honourable Friend on her appointment. And will she join me in congratulating students from the National Citizens Service who I met at Roots Hall in Southend on Monday who, inspired by Sir David Attenborough are now right this very minute picking out plastic from our beautiful coastline in Southend”
In response, the Secretary of State said “I thank the Honourable Gentleman for his question and I think that both these questions illustrate that there is a real public attitude out there that they want to be part of resolving this urgent problem. So the government will continue to support organisations like the National Citizens Service in engaging young people in ensuring they are playing a part in the determination that the government has to ensure that we address this problem because of the concern felt about it.”