Steve Beasant

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CO2 emissions hit record high

by Steve Beasant on 30 October, 2017

If we continue as we are, we will miss the Paris Agreement targets. The following article was written by Ed Davey. The government must take urgent action following a UN report warning that CO2 emissions have reached a record high. As Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, I played a key role in […]

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Tim Farron responds to Lancet report on pollution

by Steve Beasant on 22 October, 2017

Tim Farron has accused the government of being silent on pollution, which according to a new report in the Lancet is responsible for one in six deaths worldwide. Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: “Pollution is a silent killer that the government has itself been silent on for far […]

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Farm profits may halve after Brexit – Tim Farron

by Steve Beasant on 11 October, 2017

Farm profits could fall by as much as half after Brexit, new research suggests. The report, by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), says the “worst-case scenario” would cut average farm profits from £38,000 a year to just £15,000. Former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron commented: “This shows what a disastrous situation ‘no deal’ would […]

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The Liberal Democrats have urged the government to introduce a charge on disposable coffee cups, after it emerged that just 1% of disposable cups used each year in the UK are recycled. The Environmental Audit Committee yesterday heard that 2.5 billion disposable cups are thrown away annually in the UK, equivalent to almost 7 million […]

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The Guardian reports that tenants in the UK’s draughtiest homes risk paying £1bn extra in energy bills because of a government loophole letting landlords off the hook, a charity has warned. Landlords will be banned from letting poorly insulated homes from next April under new regulations designed to protect vulnerable tenants and cut carbon emissions. But campaigners […]

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We have to do all we can to prevent another disaster like Grenfell – and that process starts with much tougher fire safety rules. That’s why #LDConf has voted to toughen them today. Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Wera Hobhouse Fire safety has to be put at the forefront of new building […]

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Today and #LDConf we have called for a new environmental watchdog to uphold green laws post-Brexit Lib Dem Deputy Leader in the Lords & Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Kate Parminter Today at #LDConf we have called for the setting up of a tough new watchdog to protect the environment from […]

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Theresa May will miss Paris climate change targets

by Steve Beasant on 16 September, 2017

At our Autumn Conference today, we’ve set out plans for urgent, radical action to tackle climate change – and challenged the Government to meet them, before it’s too late. Lib Dem Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone In a motion passed today at our Autumn conference, we have called on the government to set […]

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The Green Investment Bank’s environmental mission is in danger of disappearing. Sadly, this is another of the positive legacies of the Liberal Democrats in government that the Conservatives are now burying. Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable The Government’s sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which was completed today, is environmentally irresponsible. The Government […]

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The Garden Bridge was a scandalous waste of taxpayer’s money – it’s long past time the project was scrapped. Lib Dem Shadow Minister for London Caroline Pidgeon Today’s news that the Garden Bridge project has been officially scrapped is very welcome. The entire project was a “scandalous waste of public funds.” This is the final nail […]

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