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Issue Date:- 16 June 2008

Climate change not a priority for Lancashire holidaymakers

JUST 1% of Lancastrians consider the environment to be their top priority when booking a holiday, a new survey has revealed.  Independent research by YouGov and travel website highlights that holidaymakers do not consider their carbon footprint to be as important as cost - with 46% saying money talks when it comes to picking a holiday.

Roger Masterson founder of Celtic Castles, which offers unique castle accommodation in 85 exclusive venues across the UK, Ireland and France, is surprised the impact of air travel on the environment is not a bigger issue.  He said:- “With climate change never far from the headlines I was taken aback by how unimportant the environment is to those seeking a break. I’m confident, however, that we will start to see a shift towards sustainable tourism, with people thinking more about their environmental impact and reducing carbon emissions by holidaying closer to home.”

The majority of the 2,091 people surveyed nationally did not see looking after the planet as their top priority, with 23% of 18-24 year olds relegating a trip’s carbon footprint to the bottom of their concerns.  The survey did emphasise that cultural attractions are a big draw, with 17% of men and 14% women considering them a top priority. The poll also showed tranquillity and weather are holiday pluses, while more than 1 in 4 people cited a destination’s popularity with fellow Brits as the least important consideration when booking.

Roger added:- “There is no doubt that most consider quality, affordability and culture to be important when booking their break. The recent increase in air fares and the hassle of heightened security at airports could also be the catalyst for people deciding that holidaying closer to home makes economic and environmental sense.  We are undoubtedly starting to see an increase in British bookings. The internet has likewise opened up a lot of destinations in Britain that holidaymakers weren’t previously aware of – it is now as easy to find information online about castles in rural Scotland, as it is about hotels in Spain.”

Regional variations also highlight changing attitudes within Great Britain. According to the research, Scottish holiday makers are the least concerned about cost when booking a trip, and more likely to pick a destination for its cultural attractions.

Could You Be the First Green MP?

LIVERPOOL Green Party is opening nominations for the 5 constituency seats across the city. The Greens are running an open nomination process, and are inviting applicants not currently in the party, but with a proven track record of social and/or environmental campaigning, to also consider putting themselves forward for selection.

Cllr John Coyne, leader of the Green group on Liverpool City council said:- "In the recent local elections, the Greens polled nearly 3000 votes in the Riverside constituency alone and we now hold two seats on the local council. We are serious about building support here in Liverpool, and hope to challenge to win MPs at the election after next."

Applicants interested in applying should email to receive an online application pack. Further details are available on the Liverpool Green Party's website.


THE Liberal Democrats published the code of conduct that all candidates for the 2009 European elections will be required to sign up to before being nominated.  The code includes rules on the employment of assistants and the publication of allowances claimed.

Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat MEP who in February revealed the contents of a secret auditors’ report detailing the misuse of public money by some parliamentarians, has welcomed the new rules.  He is calling on the other political parties to sign up and form a cross-party agreement before the European Elections next June.  He said:- “It is in the public interest that the parties ensure that all candidates in next year's elections are committed to high standards of high standards of financial probity.”

He claims that significant reforms supported by all British MEPs are repeatedly blocked in the European Parliament because of opposition from members elsewhere.  He said:- “The European Parliament may be incapable of reforming itself. Dutch, Scandinavian and British campaigners will never secure a majority in favour of radical improvement while there is no pressure on others to vote for change.”

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