Michael Hugh Meacher(1939-2015), Politician; Minister of State for the Environment
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Minister for the Environment (1997-June 2003). Spokesperson against GM foods and crops and was instrumental in the the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 which created greater protection for Britain's wildlife areas. Also played an important role in the international negotiations over the Kyoto Treaty designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions and fight man-made climate change. Came to prominence as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in Harold Wilson's Government in 1974.