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Which Tory Leadership Candidates Have Connections to Climate Science Denial?

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In a fiery exchange at this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey told the government it was “running down the clock on our planet”.

She said “three current cabinet ministers have denied the scientific consensus on climate change” and pointed out that several of those vying to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister have “close links with organisations and individuals promoting climate denial.”

So, who was Long-Bailey talking about?

Energy Minister Describes Anti-Fracking Protesters as ‘Shouting Few’ And Pledges to Push Ahead with Shale Gas Plans

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Anti-fracking activists protesting at the Conservative Party Conference

The UK’s Energy Minister Claire Perry has strongly rebuffed anti-fracking campaigners warning them that energy policy should not be dictated by “the demands of the shouting few”, as she pledged to push ahead with the government’s shale gas agenda.

Perry made the comments during a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham on Monday.

The event was organised by the low-tax think tank the TaxPayers’ Alliance, one of a number of organisations working out of offices in 55 Tufton Street near Westminster, alongside the climate change denying group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

As Perry addressed the audience of largely white men in blue suits, a group of anti-fracking protesters from Lancashire were holding banners and chanting outside the entrance of the conference centre.

Comment: Thatcher's Disputed Legacy and the Death of British Climate Science Denial

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This summer saw even the last vestiges of climate science denial wake up or give in to reality. A summer so in your face, so relentless that even the most paid-up, bought-off Petrol Heads couldn’t continue to stomach the fight.

Well, almost.

Centre for Policy Studies

Centre for Policy Studies


The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) is a free-market organisation founded by Sir Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher in 1974, promoting an ideology of small state and economic liberalism.

Although the Centre claims to be non-partisan, historically it has been closely linked to the Conservative Party, with a strong influence on British politics since it was founded.

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Mapped: The Brexiteer Climate Science Denial Network Beneath the Tory-DUP Coalition Pact

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Simplified version of the Tory-DUP network map

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) that she hopes will keep her in the job.

But while the Tory-DUP “supply and confidence” pact should give May the votes needed to govern, it also strengthens the bonds between the government and a group of climate science deniers that pushed for Brexit.

Is There Hope for the Climate in Scotland After Election Shake-Up?

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Scotland election 2017

For the UK Conservative party, Scotland will be seen as one of the few successes of an otherwise miserable 2017 general election campaign.

Despite the loss an overall parliamentary majority and Prime Minister Theresa May’s failed plan to transform her party’s huge poll lead to a domineering presence in Westminster, the Tories somersaulted their 2015 election win of a single Scottish seat, this time taking 13.

This is the biggest surge since the Tory’s Scottish collapse following the 1980s, and will leave many – in a country vastly proud of its anti-Tory stance – wondering what happened.

Labour Accuses Tories of Using Brexit as Excuse to Undo Environmental Regulations

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Greener Hustings

How do you squeeze environmental issues into an election campaign dominated by Brexit? Perhaps by making Brexit about environmental issues.

That’s what Labour’s shadow trade minister Barry Gardiner did Tuesday night, accusing the Conservatives of using Brexit as a “vehicle for deregulation”, and putting the UK’s environment at risk as a consequence.

Gardiner was speaking at the Greener UK hustings, organised by a wide-ranging coalition of environmental NGOs held at London’s Royal Society on 30 May. His comments were directed at the Conservatives’ representative on the panel, environment minister Thérèse Coffey.

Oil, Energy and Airports: Where are the Main Parties Getting Donations From?

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Theresa May

From a Middle Eastern oil magnate to Heathrow and Gatwick, the three main parties have seen a mix of donations come in since Brexit last summer.

The Conservative Party has received significantly more money from individuals and companies in the fossil fuel industry compared to the Labour Party and the Lib Dems, according to the latest data on the electoral register analysed by DeSmog UK.

This news comes after the Conservatives’ election manifesto pledges a unique commitment to increase support for the oil and gas industry should they win in June.

General Election 2017: Conservatives Isolated as Only Major Party to Back Fracking

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Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, Tim Farron

Theresa May today launched the Conservative party manifesto, eager to differentiate her party from the Liberal Democrats that are making a land-grab for the anti-Brexit centre, and a Labour party swinging leftwards and away (or possibly slightly towards) Europe.

But among the Conservatives’ vague anti-immigration promises and plans to tie social care to the value of an individual's estate was a stark fact — the Tories are now the only major party in the UK that does not oppose fracking.

Going Backwards on Climate Change? David Cameron’s Tory Majority One Year On

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Hundreds marched through cities across the UK on Sunday to protest the government’s decline in climate ambition since David Cameron’s Conservative Party gained a majority in last year’s election.

Natalie Bennet, leader of the Green Party, joined some 600 people walking backwards through Whitehall in London, while others gathered in Leeds, Manchester, York, Nottingham, Leicester and Bristol.

Campaigners criticised the many green policy reversals which took place last summer and into autumn, and the fact that the once-strong cross-party consensus on climate change has now fractured.


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