Labour is promising to create 1m green jobs in the energy sector and through nationwide home refurbishments in a bid to tackle the climate crisis. Environmental protection is expected to be a central theme of Jeremy Corbyn’s general election manifesto, launched in Birmingham today, with new jobs promised through insulation upgrades, offshore wind and carbon capture developments. The focus on tackling climate change while also supporting mass job creation is likely to be a resolution of tension between ambitious de-carbonisation targets set by Labour activists at the autumn party conference and union concerns about job losses. Tim Roache, GMB’s general secretary, had previously warned that heading for a 2030 net zero target could threaten jobs across the country. Speaking ahead of the manifesto launch, leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn said: “This election is the last opportunity to take the vital action to head off runaway climate change.
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Labour has drawn up plans for a windfall tax on the oil industry as part of its attempt to shift the UK towards a low-carbon, green economy, prompting anger from some union officials. Senior figures inside the opposition party said the idea was very likely to feature in its election manifesto, due to be announced on Thursday in Birmingham. The idea also triggered concern from Richard Leonard, Labour’s leader in Scotland — where the oil industry is a large employer.
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