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Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, responding to reports that a ban on Ash tree imports will be introduced on Monday said:

"After the forest sell off fiasco the Government have been asleep on the job with ash dieback. They discovered the disease in a tree nursery in February but waited until it was found in the wild in August to consult on banning ash imports.

"The Government also ignored the Forestry Commission’s warning that there was no money to tackle tree disease and cut its cash by 25%, forcing 7 offices to close and cutting 250 staff. You simply can’t trust this incompetent Tory-led Government with the nation’s forests."

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