The Climate Election, Post 4 of 5: Conservatives

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Here is the Conservative manifesto.

On an introductory page, there is a list of Boris Johnson’s ‘guarantees’ which includes:

Reaching Net Zero by 2050 with investment in clean energy solutions and green infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and pollution.

Half of page 45 mentions reducing waste and planting trees under the heading “Stewards of our environment”.

The manifesto is 64 pages long. 1 page (page 57) is devoted specifically to climate change policy. Included are points about reducing plastic pollution, deforestation, electric vehicle infrastructure, clean energy, jobs in clean growth and making buildings more energy efficient. There’s not really enough space on that one page to say much about how they intend to see these things through though, other than that they will spend a lot of money.

Michele Scott is the Conservative candidate for Preston, but whocanivotefor.co.uk doesn’t have her picture, which is where I’ve found photos of the other candidates.

So what would a vote for the Conservatives look like in Preston? Well Preston is a “safe Labour seat” so it’s unlikely that the Conservatives will knock Labour out of the top spot, but a vote for the Conservatives will still be counted and added to local and national statistics, sending a message to whoever does gain power that you support Conservative policies.

Please Note

Climate Action Preston is an apolitical group. We don’t favour any one political party over another. That’s why I’ll be looking in the same way at all the available manifestos of the parties represented by Preston candidates over the next couple of weeks. I’m not going to tell you how to vote because that has to be an individual decision, but please consider the climate when you do vote. That could mean deciding on your candidate, and then emailing/tweeting them to say something like this:

“I think I want to vote for you on the 12th December, but first I want to know what you intend to do about climate change if you are elected to represent me.”

If you do tweet, we’d love to be tagged: @PrestonAction #PrestonClimateElection