The Climate Election, Post 2 of 5: Labour

Here’s Labour’s 2019 manifesto.

The Foreword mentions that this is a “climate election” among other things, and goes on to state:

We will kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution to tackle the climate emergency by shifting to renewable energy, investing in rail and electric cars, and making housing energy efficient, to reduce fuel poverty and excess winter deaths.

We will create a million climate jobs in every region and nation of the UK – good, skilled jobs that will bring prosperity back to parts of our country neglected for too long.

The manifesto then has 14 pages-worth of information about how they will tackle climate change related issues (it’s 107 pages long in total). I’ve taken the headings and introductory paragraph from each section, but please read the full yourself if you think you’d like to vote for them.

Economy and Energy: This election is about the crisis of living standards and the climate and environmental emergency. Whether we are ready or not, we stand on the brink of unstoppable change.

Sub headings for this section are:

  • Investment
  • Levelling up across the country
  • Energy
  • Ownership
  • Industry and innovation
  • Skills

Transport: Labour will build a sustainable, affordable, accessible and integrated transport system, founded on the principle that transport is an essential public service

Environment: A Labour government’s Green Industrial Revolution is complemented by our Plan for Nature. Our commitments to ecosystem repair and environmental protections work hand in hand with sustainable jobs and industries, and social justice.

Sub headings:

  • A healthy environment
  • Nature restoration
  • Land
  • Food
  • Waste and recycling
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Sir Mark Hendrick: Preston candidate for Labour (and current MP)

So what would a vote for Labour look like in Preston? Well Preston is a “safe Labour seat”. Labour got 24,210 votes in the 2017 general election. The next most popular party was the Conservatives with 8,487 votes. It’s highly unlikely that the numbers will change enough to knock Labour out of the top spot. A vote for Labour in Preston increases Mark Hendrick’s mandate and provides evidence of his strong public support.

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