Author Archives: Will Straw

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 …

Posted in Op-eds and The Independent View | Tagged and | 15 Comments

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 …

Posted in Op-eds and The Independent View | Tagged , and | 42 Comments



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarTim13 2nd Oct - 9:16am
    John Tilley Yes, I am pretty sure that is the only reference to Cleggy in the entire document (as I mentioned in my early comment...
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 2nd Oct - 9:13am
    @ Eddie Sammon There has been increased recognition that we are destroying a rather beautiful planet [as we approach the age of Aquarius!] and that...
  • User AvatarBrianD 2nd Oct - 9:10am
    As ever Paul Holmes & Matthew Huntbach are spot on. This is because they have been councillors (a species of politician) and have knocked on...
  • User AvatarToby Keynes 2nd Oct - 9:10am
    For Android users, the app is on Play Store under Lib Dem Conf. Very useful - you go through the listings and add those that...
  • User AvatarTony Rowan-Wicks 2nd Oct - 8:53am
    I've received many requests for donations but continue to await the Election Strategy Briefing with interest. I have remarked on these pages before that the...
  • User AvatarAnthony Vaughan 2nd Oct - 8:42am
    I got home last night and waiting for me was what seemed to be an official letter, from HMRC were my initial thoughts. However, when...