United Kingdom: Labour promises to protect public forests

Guardian: Labour will pitch itself as the party that will protect nature and the British countryside this week, with a promise to prevent publicly owned forests from being sold. In a speech at an RSPB nature reserve on Tuesday, shadow environment secretary Maria Eagle is expected to attack the coalition for overseeing a decline in the UK’s natural environment and to pledge to give more people access to green space. Former Tory environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, was forced into a u-turn over plans......

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