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Stephen Morgan marks World Ocean Day with public meeting on Labour’s plans to end Tory sewage scandal

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Labour’s candidate for Portsmouth South Stephen Morgan marked World Oceans Day with a public meeting with Portsmouth people on stopping the Tory sewage scandal.

During the meeting Mr Morgan discussed Labour’s plans to stop the bonuses, tackle failing water companies, and protect Britain’s beautiful holiday spots.

Labour will put the water companies under special measures to clean up our waters.

Under Labour’s tough plans, Ofwat could have blocked six out of nine water bosses’ bonuses last year because of severe levels of illegal pollution.

Labour has pledged to put failing water companies under tough special measures to force them to clean up their toxic mess and protect people’s health.

This includes:

  • Giving the water regulator powers to block the payment of any bonuses until water bosses have cleaned up their filth. We don’t need the dither and delay of a consultation; we need immediate action.
  • Water bosses who oversee repeated law-breaking will face criminal charges.
  • Ending self-monitoring and forcing all companies to monitor every single water outlet under independent supervision so companies can no longer cover up illegal sewage dumping.
  • Introducing severe and automatic fines that water companies can’t afford to ignore for illegal sewage discharges

Commenting, Labour candidate for Portsmouth South Stephen Morgan said:

“People in Portsmouth should be able to enjoy our city’s superb seaside and areas of natural beauty, without having to worry about encountering filthy sewage.

“Yet over the last six years, there have been over one million sewage spill events across the country, including here in Portsmouth causing untold harm to our natural environment.

“I am speaking with Portsmouth families today, on World Oceans Day, to hear their thoughts and to discuss Labour’s plans to end this scandal and stop the sewage.”

Read more on Labour’s plans here: