Labour MPs keener on plastics crackdown than Tories


Labour MPs are twice as likely as their Conservative counterparts to support policy measures designed to reduce the use of disposable plastic packaging, according to research.

A YouGov survey showed that seven in 10 parliamentary members of Keir Starmer’s party backed intervention to discourage reliance on single-use plastic products.


This compared to fewer than three in 10 Tory MPs, according to the poll commissioned by communications consultancy Cavendish.

However, across all parties, elected politicians were less in favour of such policy measures than the public. Around half of MPs supported moves to slash plastic packaging waste, compared to two-thirds of others surveyed.

Cavendish said the UK produces 12.7m tonnes of packaging waste each year, and recycles just 44 per cent of plastics from this stream.

Looking at other materials, a quarter of MPs support intervention on single-use cardboard packaging, compared with half of voters. The numbers are similar for disposable metal.

Just 16 per cent of elected politicians support moves to limit disposable glass packaging, in contrast to 39% of the public.

The Government last summer announced that the extended producer responsibility scheme for waste would be delayed until October 2025.