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Flexbury and Poughill by-election candidate Robert Uhlig was supported in his campaign to win a place on the town council today when he showed former Climate Change Secretary, Sir Ed Davey MP, around Bude and introduced him to local community environmentalists. Ed Davey is an economist, who entered environmental politics becoming a keen campaigner for green issues. One of two candidates standing for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey spent a few hours in Bude enjoying the fantastic sunshine and campaigning for council hopeful, Rob.
‘Bude is a fantastic hub of clever community environmentalism,’ said Rob, ‘so it was a particular pleasure to show off some of its best green credentials to a former Climate Change Secretary who led the fight for more investment in renewable energy and cuts in greenhouse gases.’
After lunch at Rosie’s Café with Cornwall Councillors Nicky Chopak, Peter La Broy and other Bude Lib Dem members, Rob showed Sir Ed how the 2-Minute Beach Clean initiative works on Crooklets beach, which the politician last visited when he was six years old.
‘It’s a real pleasure to be back in Bude,’ said Sir Ed. ‘I was last here when I was a nipper and played in the rock pools and swam in the sea off Crooklets with my great uncle, great aunt and their two golden Labradors.’
Returning to his childhood haunt, former Climate Change Secretary Sir Ed, a committed campaigner for green issues since reading Jonathan Porritt’s Seeing Green as a teenager, took a particular interest in 2-Minute Beach Clean, set up by Bude writer and surfer Martin Dorey.
‘Two-minute beach clean is a perfect example of a grassroots campaign that anyone can do and which genuinely benefits us all,’ said Sir Ed. ‘It’s the kind of thing that community-led environmentalism is all about. It’s a simple idea that really works – just the kind of thing I love.’
Sir Ed and Rob then met up with Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate, Danny Chambers, at the ReFILL Shop in Belle Vue Lane. Co-founder Jackie Diffey showed Sir Ed around and explained how the shop, the first of its kind in the UK, was another key player in Bude’s community-led environmentalism with its attempts to reduce single-use plastic waste.
Declaring the ReFILL shop ‘fantastic’, Sir Ed said he was ‘highly impressed – I think what you’re doing is really great.’ After buying a selection of items for his wife’s birthday on Sunday he left with Danny Chambers for a wind farm visit en route to Plymouth for leadership hustings with fellow Lib Dem leadership candidate Jo Swinson.