East End MP urging government rethink over forest sell-off proposal

POPLAR and Limehouse MP, Jim Fitzpatrick, urged the Government to rethink controversial plans to sell off local woodland to the highest bidder.

Proposals being discussed in Parliament would give Ministers the green light to sell off public forestry estate all over England.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: “A high number of constituents have contacted me about proposals to sell of our forests. People are concerned the government plan to rush through the sale of our forests with no guarantees over their funding or public access.

“Most woodland in England is in private hands. We need to keep our forests open for everyone ensuring they remain in place for future generations to enjoy.

The legislation is already in the House of Lords and more than 360,000 people have signed a petition against the plans, the largest campaign since the general election.

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Labour launched website www.thislandisourland.org.uk keeping people updated on the campaign to protect the forests.

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