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 …

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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 AvatarDJ 24th Sep - 9:45pm
    I worry about Lib Dem intentions if they are reaching out to those who have involved themselves in such a challenge and have previously been...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 24th Sep - 9:04pm
    "and since the 2015 General Election followed an economic policy we disagree with " For many of us that should read since 2010. Add in...
  • User AvatarGlenn 24th Sep - 8:12pm
    The choice was Remain or Leave and Remain certainly fought on the principle that the choice was a stark uncompromising one. Osborne even went so...
  • User Avatarbob sayer 24th Sep - 8:11pm
    I dont know why people like Dave Orbison continue to get up tight when anyone criticizes Corbyn and his crowd.Dave has got what he wanted...we...
  • User Avatargavin grant 24th Sep - 8:04pm
    I canvassed for Liz for 3 hours in the sunshine in Woodstock today with North Wilts candidate Dr Brian Mathew. Lots of support and many...
  • User AvatarSteve Way 24th Sep - 8:02pm
    @Dave Orbison People had more choice last time so any comparisons on share should be tempered as comparing apples and pears.