The Climate Election, Post 3 of 5: Lib Dems

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Here’s the Liberal Democrat manifesto.

Their introduction includes the following paragraphs about climate change:

A Liberal Democrat government will take urgent action to save our planet. We are the last generation that can stop irreversible climate change. We’ve already seen how foods and wildfires are becoming an ever more regular occurrence in our country. And, though we should be proud to be the first country to declare a climate emergency, we cannot ignore the fact that the government has done little else since then. In the meantime, it’s been young people who have consistently put the climate crisis back on the agenda with their inspirational climate strikes.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party with a radical, credible and detailed plan to tackle the climate emergency as soon as possible. We will deliver a ten-year emergency programme to cut greenhouse gas emissions substantially straightaway and phase out emissions from the remaining hard-to-treat sectors by 2045 at the latest. By 2030 we will generate 80 per cent of our electricity from renewables and 8 Liberal Democrat Election Manifesto 2019 cut energy bills and emissions by insulating homes, prioritising bringing 3.5 million households out of fuel poverty by 2025.

They have a 10-page section on climate change policy (their manifesto is 100 pages in total). Here’s their list of top priorities:

Our first priorities in the next parliament will be:

● An emergency programme to insulate all Britain’s homes by 2030, cutting emissions and fuel bills and ending fuel poverty.

● Investing in renewable power so that at least 80 per cent of UK electricity is generated from renewables by 2030 – and banning fracking for good.

● Protecting nature and the countryside, tackling biodiversity loss and planting 60 million trees a year to absorb carbon, protect wildlife and improve health.

● Investing in public transport, electrifying Britain’s railways and ensuring that all new cars are electric by 2030.

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Neil Darby is the Lib Dem candidate for Preston

So what will a vote for the Lib Dems mean in Preston? Well Preston is a “safe Labour seat” meaning that based on the general election in 2017 it’s very unlikely that the Liberal Democrats will overtake Labour and win the vote. However, a vote for a party like the Lib Dems is still counted and added to both local and national statistic. It sends a message to whoever does end up in power that there is support for Lib Dem policy.

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

P.S. Neil Darby for the Lib Dems has been the only candidate so far to sign up to the Friends of the Earth Climate Action Pledge on Twitter.