Plastic straws set to be banned in England

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May is proposing a law in England that would ban plastic straws

But ministers hope to extend it across the country by working with counterparts in Wales and Scotland, which has already announced plans for a cotton bud ban.

With that in mind she's aiming to make the United Kingdom a global leader in tackling plastic waste, and will be encouraging the rest of the Commonwealth to follow suit in an event at Buckingham Palace.

The news was welcomed by the Green Party, but co-leader Jonathan Bartley said the government "must see these plans through to action, and bring forward the utterly un-ambitious target of eliminating all avoidable plastic waste by 2042".

Prime Minister Theresa May said her government will launch a consultation on banning the single-use items later this year, ahead of legislation on the issue.

A consultation this year will examine the proposals, and the government will consult with industry to find alternatives.

Trudeau, however, would not be pinned down on the question of whether Canada would follow May's lead on drinking straws. "Reducing the amount of plastic we're using and discarding is vital for curbing ocean plastic pollution and this could be the start of the elimination of unnecessary throwaway plastic".

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"Alongside our domestic action, this week we are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastics, with £61.4m funding for global research and to improve waste management in developing countries".

There are over 150m tonnes of plastic in the world's oceans and every year one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste, Defra says.

However, if Trudeau was noncommittal on the question of drinking straws, he was anything but on another issue: Canada's support for LGBTQ rights at the Commonwealth.

The institution has suffered over the years from relatively low engagement by its founding member, Britain.

Trudeau also was expected to advocate for more LGBTQ rights around the globe, but on that front he faces resistance - particularly from some African countries, many of which still outlaw same-sex activities.

Despite that opposition, which saw LGBTQ rights kept off the official summit agenda, Trudeau met Thursday with Commonwealth gay-rights activists to reassure them of his continued support.

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Leaders from the Commonwealth - a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies - are meeting in London this week.

What has the Prime Minister said?

"So we need to use worldwide platforms with help from leaders like Prime Minister Trudeau".

The position of head of the Commonwealth is not hereditary and there is likely to be a discussion - and possibly a decision - tomorrow about whether Prince Charles should succeed her.

"That affection is reflected among the heads of government, who often send more junior representative to the meeting - this time around it is prime ministers and presidents".

It's unclear whether any other successors are being seriously considered.

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