The watchdog watcher: Interview with Mary Creagh

‘The government has got far more experience putting down watchdogs than setting them up’. Environmental audit committee chair Mary Creagh talks to Conor McGlone about what Brexit could mean for environmental protections in the UK

Mary Creagh MP, chair, Environmental Audit Committee
Creagh is concerned that Brexit will leave regulations related to water, waste and air pollution the most vulnerable to attack

When ENDS meets Mary Creagh in late November, the Westminster air hangs heavy with, as the Labour backbencher puts it, “the unprecedented, historic uncertainty of the times we are living through”. This is no exaggeration. If MPs cannot vote through the prime minister’s Brexit deal on 11 December, there’s a real sense that the UK could face a political crisis without modern precedent. Right now, there are “no political facts”, according to Creagh, who chairs the Commons’ environmental audit committee.

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