Corbyn urged to make Labour Party the "greenest Opposition ever"

by Search Gate staff. Published Mon 14 Sep 2015 15:40, Last updated: 2015-09-14
Corbyn announces new shadow Secretary of Energy and Climate Change
Corbyn announces new shadow Secretary of Energy and Climate Change

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to make the Labour Party “the greenest Opposition ever” following the completion of the make-up of his shadow Cabinet.

Reacting to the appointments of Lisa Nandy MP as Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, and Kerry McCarthy MP as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Friends of the Earth’s Chief Executive Craig Bennett said Mr Corbyn should champion the climate change battle and stand up for the renewable energy industry.

He said: “These are crucial appointments if Jeremy Corbyn is to deliver on his pledge to make tackling climate change and protecting our environment a top priority.

“Clear and forceful opposition to dirty coal and short-sighted government plans to unleash fracking on communities around the UK must be one of the first tasks facing Lisa Nandy. We won’t tackle climate change if we don’t end our addiction to dirty fossil fuels.

“Labour must also stand up for the tens of thousands of people whose jobs are under imminent threat because of Conservative plans to decimate the UK’s solar industry - and be a real champion for energy efficiency and the UK’s huge renewable energy potential.

“Our natural environment is in real jeopardy from a Government that too often fails to put its interests first. Any proposals to allow farmers to use pesticides that are known to be harmful to bees must be fiercely fought by Kerry McCarthy.

“In the face of a concerted government onslaught against our environment, we need opposition parties to stand up for people and the planet like never before.

“Corbyn must make Labour the greenest opposition ever.”




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