A great number of Eastleigh residents have been in touch over the recent months to ask me to show my support for nature and to ‘Vote for Bob’ as part of the campaign run by Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Well, I’m glad to report that I’ve finally met ‘Bob’.
On Monday, I met with RSPB to discuss the campaign. It was good to catch up and to learn more about the “Vote for Bob” project, an initiative to promote the importance of the natural places we all need and enjoy. And in case you wondered, Bob is a red squirrel (and the campaign’s official mascot) who engages with the public through channels such as social media on nature issues and topical events.
As a Liberal Democrat, I know how important the wildlife and our natural spaces are to residents in Eastleigh. The Liberal Democrats are proposing that a Nature Act should be included in our general election manifesto, with targets for clean air and water, as well as protections for valuable natural resources. We also want to increase the number of trees planted every year to between 700,000 and 750,000 (which is the equivalent of the number of children born in England and Wales every year) and to place forests in a trust to prevent Governments from privatising them.
Bob has certainly got my vote – although I have to say I think he would find the Westminster life a bit ‘nuts’.