Months after the party’s worst electoral performance in almost a century, the Labour party has elected Keir Starmer as its new leader, with the MP for Holborn and St Pancras ready to promote his vision of a socially just low-carbon transition. While Long-Bailey has been acknowledged as the “architect” of Labour’s Green New Deal vision and Nandy has worked as the party’s shadow energy secretary, Starmer’s green policy history is slightly more enigmatic. Starmer supports the Green New Deal plan set out in the Labour 2019 manifesto. He claims that the ethos of the project should be “hardwired” into every political decision made by the Party both at a national and international level. Starmer believes that a national investment bank and green transformation fund could be set up to finance the transition. Starmer has also claimed that rewilding was essential in the “fightback against the climate and environmental emergency”. In an opinion piece for the Guardian, Starmer called for the UK to act as a driving force for an international Green New Deal. In the build-up to the leadership vote, the Guardian scored Starmer, Nandy and Long-Bailey on their record on the climate crisis. In that analysis, Long-Bailey and Nandy both came out with scores of 100% for voting records on climate policy. As Starmer had only been present for two votes, the Guardian deemed the information available insufficient to score him. For the votes he has been present for, Starmer generally voted positively on green policy. Starmer voted to rebuild the economy so it works for the many, not just rewarding those at the top, and for a green industrial revolution to decarbonise the economy and boost economic growth.
Edie 6th April 2020 read more »
Ed Miliband is returning to frontline politics as Labour’s shadow business, energy and industry secretary, the party announced on Monday, as the new leader, Keir Starmer, completed his shadow cabinet. Miliband, who was the energy secretary under Gordon Brown and led the party from 2010 until the 2015 general election, said in a statement that he looked forward to playing a part in the country’s response to the coronavirus crisis. “As Keir has said, we cannot go back to business as usual after this crisis,” he said. “We will need to reshape our economy, addressing the insecurity many millions of workers face. We must also return to climate change as the unavoidable long-term issue of our time.”
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Ed Miliband has returned to frontline politics in a key climate role, taking up the post of Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer unveiled his full front bench opposition team today. The move was warmly welcomed by green business groups and campaigners, who noted that Miliband has long been a vocal advocate of bold climate action, having previously served as Energy and Climate Change Secretary as part of Gordon Brown’s administration. As such, Miliband was instrumental in passing the 2008 Climate Change Act, which set UK decarbonisation targets into law and established the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). He was also credited with playing a key role at the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, intervening to stop the tumultuous talks from collapsing at the 11th hour.
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Reacting to the Labour Party’s announcement that Ed Miliband is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Melanie Onn said: “Ed Miliband is a strong champion of renewables with a great track record of supporting the innovative technologies we need to get the UK to net zero as fast and as cheaply as possible. He’s a fluent and passionate advocate for the need to act more swiftly on climate change, and a longstanding supporter of onshore wind as a crucial technology which generates clean electricity at the lowest cost for consumers.”
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Miliband has shown support for solar on numerous occasions, signing an Early Day Motion (EDM) in 2011 that called on the Coalition to scrap plans to cut the feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaics installations over 50kW. He has been critical of cuts to the FiT, as well as supporting various targets for decarbonisation. He is also co-chair of the Environmental Justice Commission, which recently released analysis concluding that net zero will require £33 billion of extra spending per year until 2050.
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