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The Independent View: Cross-party amendment to decarbonise power by 2030 needed to stop Osborne

The Independent reports this morning that pro-green Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs are considering a rebel amendment to the Energy Bill to create a target to decarbonise the power sector by 2030. The policy is critical to reducing carbon emissions and energy bills in the long run and creating jobs and growth.

Last week, Ed Davey revealed the details of the Government’s much anticipated Energy Bill which will be introduced to Parliament today. In exchange for an extremely positive and welcome outcome for the renewable sector up to 2020, Davey lost his battle to include a 2030 decarbonisation target …

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The Independent View: Labour and Lib Dems must show a willingness to work together

As a long-term believer in the need for a more progressive politics, I take no great joy in the spate of polls showing the Liberal Democrats in free fall.

The latest projections from UK Polling Report show that a Lib Dem collapse to 15% in the polls would deliver a Conservative majority of 18 and the balance of power being held by the Tory right rather than the Lib Dem right. The Lib Dem concessions on inheritance tax, capital gains tax, and Europe – for which they should be praised – would go in a flash.

But the Lib Dems …

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  • User AvatarJudy Abel 31st Mar - 10:48pm
    Sorry meant to delete that last sentence!
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    Firstly, let's welcome this programme. At least the Lib Dems have tried to raise the profile of mental health problems and tried to break the...
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    Thanks, Ruth and Tony.
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    Well done Mark Thompson - and 38 Degrees. Many Lib Dems, myself included, have widely supported 38 D campaigns. This has not been your finest...
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    @ Stephen Hesketh 31st Mar '15 - 9:48pm Absolutely right. The great basic management failure of Clegg and co is that they could not discern...
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    Like Tony Greaves, I too voted for DS. It is worth femembering that it was the first ever leadership election (for any party in the...
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