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NEC Statement - Thames Water presecution
The Liberal party notes the impending completion of the trial of the privates water company Thames Water on water pollution offences. Thames Water now faces what the judge has stated will be the company's "biggest ever fine".

The private company has over a protracted period of time presided over a lax and accident prone operations, which has seen repeated pollution incidents affecting the River Thames, as well as water courses in the vicinity of Slough and the Newbury area.

These incidents have environmental, commercial and public health implications and often contain the most unsightly and polluting domestic materials.

The Liberal Party maintains that the supply of water is a natural monopoly, which should be returned to public ownership, both for reasons of supply and arguably protection of the environment.

A substantial fine will act as an important reminder of the consequences of a failure to respect the environment from which the company derives its business.

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