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Portsmouth MP responds to Southern Water’s ‘unacceptable’ environmental performance

Responding to the Environment Agency’s latest report on Southern Water’s pollution performance, the Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, said:

“These figures are shocking and completely unacceptable, but will be unsurprising to Portsmouth people.

“Time and again Southern Water has been allowed to pollute our precious local environment and bathing waters, with retrospective fines and current laws not strong enough to ensure the company meets its obligations, which I raised concerns about with Ministers.

“That’s why I fully support the Environment Agency’s call today for larger fines, prison sentences for Chief Executives and Board members whose companies are responsible for the most serious incidents, and company directors struck off so they cannot move on in their careers after illegal environmental damage.

“Southern Water’s track record shows no signs of changing. Government must now intervene urgently.”