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Marine Charter

We the undersigned support Wildlife and Countryside Link’s call for the swift designation of a representative and well managed Ecologically Coherent Network of Marine Protected Areas in UK seas by 2016.

We call on this and future Governments to ensure that this network meets international principles on coherence, and represents the full range of features in the UK seas as required by the relevant Marine Acts.

The full network must include ambitious proposals within the commitment to two future tranches of Marine Conservation Zones in English Seas in 2015/16, alongside wider marine protected areas, and must be well managed to maintain sites that are in good condition and recover those that are damaged.

Such a network is essential not only to stem the alarming decline in marine habitats and species, but also to ensure that the enormous social and economic benefits derived from marine goods and services can be realised for generations to come.

Rt Hon. Ben Bradshaw MP (Former Labour Defra Minister)Richard Benyon MP (Former ConservativeDefra Minister)Roger Williams MP CBE (Liberal Democrat Defra Spokesperson)
Rt Hon. Caroline Spelman MPAndrew George MPZac Goldsmith MP
Rt Hon. Sir John Randall MPAdrian Sanders MPDr Alan Whitehead MP
Debbie Abrahams MPPeter Aldous MPDavid Amess MP
David Anderson MPRt Hon James Arbuthnot MPNorman Baker MP
Sir Kevin Baron MPHugh Bayley MPDame Anne Begg MP
Clive Betts MPLord Black of BrentwoodDr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP
Nicola Blackwood MPSir Peter Bottomley MPGraham Brady MP
Fiona Bruce MPAnnette Brooke OBE MPLord Brooke
Nic Brown MPRussell Brown MPRobert Buckland MP
Rt Hon Simon Burns MPAlan Campbell MPNeil Carmichael MP
Martin Caton MP Lord ChorleyKaty Clark MP
Lord Clark of WindemereOliver Colvile MPMichael Connarty MP
Rosie Cooper MPJeremy Corbyn MPDavid Crausby MP
Lord CrickhowellAlex Cunningham MPSir Tony Cunningham MP
Nic Dakin MPGeraint Davies MPRt Hon John Denham MP
Caroline Dineage MPJim Dobbin MPFrank Dobson MP
Nigel Dodds MPBrian Donohoe MPFrank Doran MP
Jim Dowd MPMark Durkan MPLord Dykes of Harrow Weald
Natascha Engel MP Graeme Evans MP
Tim Farron MPRt Hon Frank Field MPPaul Flynn MP
Mark Francois MPStephen Gilbert MPSheila Gilmore MP
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MPRoger Godsiff MPKate Green MP
Nia Griffith MPAndrew Gwynne MPDuncan Hames MP
Fabian Hamilton MPSir Nick Harvey MPLord Haworth
David Heath CBE MPGordon Henderson MPJulie Hilling MP
Baroness HiltonGeorge Hollingbery MPMartin Horwood MP
Stewart Hosie MPBaroness HowarthGeorge Howarth MP
Baron Hunt of Chesterton Mark Hunter MP
Julian Huppert MPGlenda Jackson MPCathy Jamieson MP
Bernard Jenkin MPBaroness JonesLord Judd
Rt Hon Sir Gerald Kaufman MPBarbara Keeley MPMark Lazarowicz MP
John Leech MPJeremy Lefroy MPCharlotte Leslie MP
Emma Lewell-Buck MPBaroness Lister of BurtersettThe Earl of Listowel
Naomi Long MPTim Loughton MPDr Caroline Lucas MP
John Mann MPLord May of OxfordPaul Maynard MP
 Sir Alan Meale MPSteve McCabe MPMichael McCann MP
Kerry McCarthy MPJason McCartney MPWilliam McCrea MP
John McDonnell MPLiz McInnes MPAnn McKechin MP
Ian McKenzie MPCatherine McKinnell MPFiona McTaggart MP
Andrew Miller MPBaroness MillerMadeleine Moon MP
Penny Mordaunt MP Jessica Morden MP
Graeme Morrice MPGrahame Morris MPStephen Mosley MP
Greg Mulholland MPPaul Murphy MPIan Murray MP
Sheryll Murray MPSarah Newton MPCaroline Nokes MP
 Dr Matthew Offord MPSandra Osborne MPRt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway MP
Mark Prisk MPJohn Pugh MPSimon Reevell MP
Alan Reid MPLinda Riordan MPJohn Robertson MP
Lord RookerAndrew Rosindell MPChris Ruane MP
Rt Hon Dame Joan Ruddock MPSir Bob Russell MPAlison Seabeck MP
Jim Sheridan MPGavin Shuker MPAndy Slaughter MP
Andrew Smith MPHenry Smith MPBishop of St. Albans
Lord StoddartLord StoreyGary Streeter MP
Rt Hon Sir Peter Tapsell MPRt Hon Sir Andrew Stunell OBE MPMike Thornton MP
Justin Tomlinson MPValerie Vaz MPCharles Walker MP
Joan Walley MPMike Weatherley MPMike Weir MP
John Whittingdale OBE MPHywel Williams MPMark Williams MP
Stephen Williams MPChris Williamson MPPete Wishart MP
Dr Sarah Wollaston MPMike Wood MPSimon Wright MP
Tim Yeo MPBaroness Young of Old Scone 


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Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link) represents more than 8 million people through 44 voluntary organisations concerned with the conservation and protection of wildlife. Link’s Marine Charter is supported by the following organisations: