Climate emergency and Mel Stride

18 March 2021

You may remember that Core Group wrote to our MP, Mel Stride, a while back seeking a meeting with him to discuss our concerns about climate change. This also took the form of an open letter in the Courier. We have now received a reply, as below.

The opportunity to get involved which Mel refers to was closed on 5th March, and appeared to be aimed at large organisations / NGO's, rather than small community groups such as ours. No doubt any involvement would be very much on the government's terms.

We will keep you informed of any further developments.

' Thank you for your recent open letter.

As I have stated previously, I am working flat out helping businesses and hundreds of extremely distressed constituents who have been very severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in some cases involving acute personal loss. Once this crisis has receded I will have further time to meet with campaigners across a wide range of national and international issues including those relating to climate change an issue with which I am heavily engaged both through the Decarbonisation and Green Finance inquiry which I am leading as Chair of the Treasury Select Committee and via my involvement with the Climate Change Assembly which the Treasury Select Committee was instrumental in setting up and within which I have participated including addressing it. 

I know that like me you take climate change extremely seriously but hope that you will understand that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis is deeply affecting many people within our local communities and they simply must take priority in terms of meetings at the present time. 

As ever, I continue to deal with correspondence.  There is also an opportunity for your voice to be heard as part of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26  GOV.UK (, which is being hosted by the United Kingdom. You may find the following link helpful  COP26 - How to get involved

With best wishes,