I dived in to save oceans

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

I’m look­ing for­ward to watch­ing David At­ten­bor­ough’s Blue Planet II, about our oceans, tonight.

Shows by Hans and Lotte Hass and Jac­ques Cousteau in the 1950s and 60s first alerted me to the im­por­tance of our seas.

As an MP in the Seven­ties, I in­tro­duced new safety rules for com­mer­cial divers in the North Sea. Many were made to put their lives at risk when they were build­ing and main­tain­ing oil rigs.

To un­der­stand their pres­sures, I learned to be­come a deep-sea diver my­self in the River Hull.

I was no Cousteau but I swam down the Thames to No 10 to protest at Thatcher’s fail­ure to sign a con­ven­tion to stop tip­ping nu­clear waste into our seas.

When I came out of the dirty wa­ter, Pauline was asked to give

Lord Digby

Jones wants to cut the num­ber of peers by 300 by ax­ing those who don’t at­tend and stop­ping po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments to the Lords. This is a man who was po­lit­i­cally ap­pointed by

Gor­don Brown and has never asked a ques­tion, made a speech or sat on a com­mit­tee. The hyp­ocrite could start by

ax­ing him­self!

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