Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami signs motion challenging fly-tippers

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami, pictured at a meeting with Country Land and Business Associati

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami, pictured at a meeting with Country Land and Business Association members in Gosmore. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami has signed an early day motion aimed at tackling fly-tipping.

Mr Afolami is backing Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning on the motion, which calls on Justice Secretary David Gauke to simplify the court process for fly-tipping prosecutions and introduce a form of ‘community payback’ sentencing for fly-tippers.

Mr Afolami said: “In recent meetings with constituents, the issue of rural crime and fly-tipping has been at the forefront of many people’s minds. In particular I have heard this from farmers in Gosmore who are dealing with the aftermath of this hugely inconsiderate behaviour.”

He added that he was “thrilled” to be challenging “this disgusting crime”.

Nineteen MPs have so far backed the cross-party motion tabled by Mr Penning – who is, like Mr Afolami, a Conservative. Eleven signatories are Labour MPs, four are Tories, and four are from the Democratic Unionist Party.