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 Avatarethicsgradient 9th Dec - 7:45am
    Labour are in line for a monumental collapse at the next election. They have lost a deposit in a strong Remain area, they are fourth...
  • User AvatarPaul Williams 9th Dec - 7:24am
    Well done Ross and the team for your efforts. Almost doubling our vote share, was a tremendous performance, and demonstrates, in this heavily Conservative seat...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 9th Dec - 6:28am
    David Evans But then you spoiled it by saying “My belief is that confused by a torrent of dubious facts from both sides a significant...
  • User AvatarDavid Blake 9th Dec - 5:15am
    Congratulations to Ross Pepper and his team. The biggest concern is the turnout. To think that less than 4 in 10 of the people thought...
  • User AvatarMark Goodrich 9th Dec - 3:49am
    With reference to my earlier comment and seeing the result, I don't think UKIP can really claim to be happy either. Vote share down in...
  • User AvatarDavid Evans 9th Dec - 3:31am
    ... and Congratulations to Ross and the Lib Dem Team.