There is a financial cost, but the human and wildlife cost is significant and the suffering is evident. It is our collective responsibility to try to find a solution. A former aide to Boris Johnson is facing calls to stand down as an election candidate after Labour accused him of “disgusting racism” over some of his writings that blamed immigrants for bringing germs and HIV to the UK and accused Muslims of having divided loyalties. He said at the time: “I do very much regret any offence caused by any past newspaper articles. We might dismiss some of those suggestions as being simple, but I was inspired by some of the ideas. I really worry about the Government’s approach, as they have not invited Extinction Rebellion for a conversation to seek common ground. All rights reserved. We all need to learn, to be educated and to form solutions together to address the climate emergency and to build a shared future. Let me make it clear that I believe strongly that the foundations are in place in this country to thrive and rebuild on the back of a green revolution. They are so expensive to build on that it is far easier for a developer to build on green space. Please do contact us if you have access to additional speeches. They are sick of demanding that the Government listen to them and of asking for a fairer share. Last modified on Mon 3 Feb 2020 07.44 EST. Importantly, we also need to connect people with opportunities. I do not claim to have had the ability of Caroline Lucas to foresee it, but I can see what is in front of my eyes. After the second world war, we made a massive effort to ensure that towns and cities in this country were connected to our counterparts in Europe. I do not claim to be any kind of climate expert—I have read the briefings, as other hon. The Government need to do far more, first, to update the population data to make sure that local planning authorities are planning on the basis of the most accurate and up-to-date data, and, secondly, to ensure that we have a proper fund in place to build on brownfield sites. Why not make urban environments more attractive and much more connected? It is a pleasure to follow the maiden speech of Claire Coutinho and all the other fantastic maiden speeches. The test for me as to whether Britain thrives—Members would expect me to say this, because I represent Oldham, Chadderton and Royton—is whether towns such as mine can be part of that journey. When planning for the future, we are all very short-term in this place. See more of Alexander Stafford MP on Facebook Candidates from the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems have all come in for criticism over past comments since the election started, with at least two Tories and one Labour standing down.