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UK’s political parties ‘have failed to show environment leadership’

Three major political parties have been criticised for their green policies in a new report published by seven environmental organisations

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All three major parties came under fire in the report

The green groups, representing millions of members and including the likes of Greenpeace, RSPB and Friends of the Earth, concluded that there have been failings in all of the three leading parties, with promises not being met on a number of occasions.

The report, entitled Green Standard, states that Prime Minister David Cameron has failed to talk around climate change sceptics in his party. Meanwhile the Labour party has not outlined how green energy fits into its One Nation framework, and the Lib Dems are at risk of losing their claim to being a “green” party altogether.

Major parties ‘show a number of failings’

According to the report, despite widespread support from the public for more environmentally-friendly options such as wind and solar power, both to cut bills and help the environment, Cameron has failed to silence those in the Conservative party speaking out against the notion of climate change.

The report added that Cameron has so far failed to address the public with a speech about the environment, despite promising to be a part of the “greenest government ever” following his election into Number 10 in May 2010.

Likewise, the Lib Dems were criticised for failing to show how the environment would fit into their governing of the country. Authors of the report said this weak approach was putting the party’s claim to being “green” at risk.

John Sauven, executive director of Greenpeace, said: “Whilst David Cameron urgently needs to address the willingness of his ministers to openly challenge the scientific consensus on climate change, our review also shows why the Liberal Democrats are fast losing their image as a ‘green’ political party.

“Their failure to stop the chancellor from undermining efforts to cut carbon pollution, and their support for fracking for more fossil fuels in the English countryside, will have left many of their voters feeling betrayed.”

Labour was criticised for failing to capitalise on the lack of noise made by the other parties, while Ed Miliband has also not made it clear where the environment fits into the party’s vision for One Nation.

Bid to cut emissions is positive

However, the parties did get praised for work carried out in certain areas. The report praised David Cameron’s commitment to halving the carbon output of the UK by 2025. This will have to include a large-scale move towards more green energy and the creation of far more wind and solar farms to help move away from less eco-friendly measures.

These are moves supported by the majority of the public, with a recent BBC survey showing that around 84% of people would support the likes of solar panels in their area if it had an impact on the environment and their energy bills.

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