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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 AvatarRichard Underhill 28th Jul - 10:37pm
    The Tories also promised to contunue with parity of esteem for menatl health. Let's see if they do.
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    People who quote JM Keynes should actually read him. Keynes was writing at a time when government was less than 20% of the national economy...
  • User AvatarTim Hill 28th Jul - 10:19pm
    You are very welcome Jakob.
  • User AvatarTim Hill 28th Jul - 10:18pm
    Richard is right in a way. Just imagine how much it would have been cut over the 5 years without Paul and Norman being Health...
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    I notice no lib dems MPs have defended his right to use drugs in his private life if that is how he chooses to spend...
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    Fao Richard Underhill. 28th Jul '15 - 8:27pm "The current Tory government is cutting spending on mental health now that we are not there to...