Glenis Willmott, MEP for the East Midlands and Labour’s Leader in Europe has spoken of her dismay at Conservative MEPs voting with the BNP and UKIP on the issue of climate change.
The Conservatives’ political group, known as the ECR, sided with the UKIP and BNP Group of MEPs on EU proposals for climate change prior to the Durban climate change conference in December.
Mrs. Willmott said:
“When it comes to climate change, the Tories, the BNP and UKIP all sing from the same hymn sheet”
“David Cameron’sassertion that his government will be the ‘greenest ever’ is once again called into question, as he says one thing, and his MEPs say another”
Labour MEPs wanted a 30% reduction in emissions by 2020, but European Tory MEPs blocked this, and a figure of 20% was agreed on.
The British government’s coalition agreement states: “We will push for the EU to demonstrate leadership in tackling international climate change, including by supporting an increase in the EU emission reduction target to 30% by 2020.”
Mrs. Willmott went on to say:
“It is about time Mr. Cameron got a grip of his party and showed some leadership on this issue, and reassured the public he is true to his word on climate change”