Rain

Rain

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

MP’s Lent pledge inspired by Blue Planet aims to cut plastic use

PUBLISHED: 17:13 22 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:13 22 February 2018

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey with MPs giving up plastic bottles for Lent. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THERESE COFFEY

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey with MPs giving up plastic bottles for Lent. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THERESE COFFEY

Archant

A Suffolk MP has given up something slightly different for Lent this year – and has joined a group of Conservative MPs in Parliament giving up single use plastics.

Therese Coffey, who represents Suffolk Coastal, said: “I have started by carrying around my reusable water bottle, which fits into my handbag, so I can make sure I don’t buy any unnecessary drinks in plastic bottles.

“As Environment Minister, I have been working with a number of different organisations to try to increase the number of places where you can fill up your water bottle. Most coffee shops will do it for you if you ask but I am also trying to get more refill points into railway stations, airports and other transport hubs.”

Dr Coffey said the Blue Planet 2 TV series had highlighted the damage single use plastics can do to the environment and her aim was to reduce the use of such plastics.

The AA have reported heavy traffic in Ipswich town centre in two areas.

A 22-year-old man from Colchester, who also frequents Ipswich, is wanted by police.

Former Tractor Boys winger Kieron Dyer has spoken out to raise awareness of child abuse at an inaugural fundraising event.

Another royal baby is on the way, it was announced today. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are “very pleased” that Meghan is expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, Kensington Palace said.

A debate held in Ipswich urged members of the community to talk openly and to “role model reasonable debate” about issues relating to Israel.

A series of ‘super-surgeries’ is being explored in Suffolk which would bring a host of primary healthcare services together under one roof.

There’s going to be more unsettled conditions across Suffolk and Essex for the most part of the week.

Two vehicles came off the carriageways on the A12 and A14 this evening during the wet weather.

The sausages were sizzling and the crowds crammed into Framlingham for the eighth Sausage Festival yesterday which was hailed a huge success.

More potholes on Suffolk’s roads are set to be repaired as part of a fresh purge of highways problems, according to roads chiefs.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24