Foreign Office Questions

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has called for more government involvement to help protect the Amazon rain forest in Brazil during Commons Questions recently.

The Jarrow Constituency MP urged the government to liaise with the Brazilian government over its failure to tackle the country’s broader issue of forest fires.  More than 80,000 wildfires have broken out in the country this year, an increase of more than 84 per cent on last year.

During Foreign and Commonwealth Office Questions, Stephen Hepburn MP said:


“What actions are the Government taking, both unilaterally and in partnership, to stop the Brazilian Government wiping out their indigenous peoples, as well as poisoning the world’s environment?”


Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, replied:


“We recognise the concerns about the rain forest. I have spoken to the Brazilian Foreign Minister, and the vice-president will be here soon. We will look into supporting Brazil by taking measures to ensure that the rain forests, which rightly attract international interest, are protected in a way that works for the world—[Interruption]—but also—I say this in response to the Shadow Foreign Secretary - does not undermine the economy and the poorest people in Brazil.”


Stephen Hepburn MP added:


“This is a global crisis that demands a deep and coordinated global response,” he said.


“The Amazon rainforest is the largest in the world and is a vital carbon store that slows down the pace of global warming.


“Of course funds to combat deforestation are important, but they must be part of a sustained programme working with indigenous people and protecting their rights and their livelihoods which depend of the forest resource.” 

Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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