The Tory sewage scandal has polluted waters and open spaces across the country, with filthy raw sewage. To make matters worse, not only have the Tories given the green light for water companies to dump sewage and neglect our vital water infrastructure, but they’ve also rewarded them for it.
Over the last year, shareholders have walked away with billions in dividends, while negligent water bosses pocket bumper bonuses. This cannot continue.
In the absence of any credible plan from the Tory government, Labour brought forward legislation to end clean up the mess. Our Water Quality Bill, would have delivered mandatory monitoring on all sewage outlets, introduced automatic fines for discharges, and imposed ambitious targets to stop systematic sewage dumping.
It was disappointing to see so many Tory MP’s line up once again, to vote to keep dumping raw sewage into our rivers and oceans. The next Labour government will put Britain’s interests before shareholders and make our waters safe and clean for future generations.