Conservative manifesto pays more attention to Brexit than environmental health, says CIEH

Publication Date: 18th May 2017

Subject: CIEH

Following the release of the Conservative manifesto on 18 May 2017, Debbie Wood, CIEH’s Executive Director of Membership and Professional Development, said:  

“Brexit is quite clearly the pressing issue for the Conservatives and unlike the Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos, theirs makes little provision for initiatives with an environmental health bend.

“Admittedly there are some positive policies such as improving renters’ rights, investing millions to make vehicles zero-emission by 2050 and they have promised to repatriate EU legislation into UK law which protects the rights of workers and the environment. However, scant attention was made on how they are going to improve air quality and nothing was mentioned about improving public health.

“The Conservatives will need to think about other things beyond Brexit if they win at the ballot box and we will make all efforts to ensure they do just that.”


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CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 7,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

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