MP raises Aberdeen pupils’ concerns over plastic straws in Westminster

The Hanover Street School pupils with MP Kirsty Blackman at her office in Aberdeen.

A group of Aberdeen primary school pupils have dropped in on a North-east MP to make their case against plastic straws.

The Primary 3 class at Hanover Street School in Aberdeen, visited MP Kirsty Blackman’s office in John Street to voice their concerns about the environment – and the UK Parliament’s increasing use of plastic.

A letter, written by one of the children, said: “We have learned that the number of plastic straws in Parliament has doubled in three years.


“Is this true can we please ask you to join the campaign to put an end to single-use straws in Parliament?

“If we do not act there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. Thank you!”

Ms Blackman raised the issue in the House of Commons on Thursday.

Addressing the chamber, she said: “I was visited by Hanover Street School who wanted to tell me that in three years Parliament’s use of plastic straws has doubled. They are very concerned about this and would like to know what the Government and what the Leader of the House is doing to tackle this issue.”

Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom said: “What I can say is the Government is committed to tackling and reducing plastic.

“The administration are committed to reducing the use of single-use plastics, and I can tell her that a number of honourable members across this place have committed to a plastic free lent.”

Ms Blackman added: “I was delighted to hear that Parliament is taking action.

“Hanover Street School pupils are fantastic, and they are a real credit to the community.”