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Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian welcomes Queen’s Speech

Julian welcomes Queen’s Speech

Julian has welcomed today’s Queen’s Speech, which includes measures on fairer funding for schools, improvements to mental health services, and making a success of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Julian has campaigned for several years for changes to the national schools funding formula for England, in order to end the long-standing disadvantages faced

Julian Welcomes New Mental Health Hospital Announcement

Julian has welcomed the news that progress is being made to replace York’s mental...

Julian’s Post-Election Message

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those people who...

Campaigning Update: Strensall, Elvington and Huntington

Strensall Julian held a drop-in surgery in Strensall along with Cllr Paul Doughty. Residents...

Julian meets with CLA to discuss ban on Sky Lanterns

March 15, 2014

Local MP Julian Sturdy meets with Eastern Director of the Country and Land Business Association (CLA), Nicola Currie, to discuss the dangers of Sky Lanterns. 

Julian has in the past called on the Government to consider banning Sky Lanterns, which he branded “Flying Death Traps” in light of the destructive consequences that can result from stray lanterns.

Following the meeting yesterday, Julian said “I was delighted to be able to discuss the matter in more detail with Nicola, who knows firsthand just how hazardous Sky Lanterns can be to rural buildings and wildlife. I was also pleased to hear the news that responsible retailers like Tesco’s and Poundland have now decided to withdraw such products from their shelves in response to highly successful campaigns, such as that run by the Farmers’ Guardian to educate people of the potential dangers.

“The CLA and I are in agreement that the best way forward is to secure a debate on the matter in Parliament. Other likeminded MPs from all parties will then be able to contribute their views on the issue and we will be in a strong position to move forward as a likeminded coalition.”

Julian concluded by saying “Sky Lanterns are banned in many countries around the world, including Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, and parts of Canada and the USA. Several German states have also recently outlawed Sky Lanterns following the horrible death of a ten year old boy in a house fire in Siegen, Westphalia. My aim of course is to persuade the Government to act now before a similar tragedy occurs in this country.”