Ed Miliband says Labour should not downgrade climate change policies. Comments come after Keir Starmer’s office suggested 2030 target could be pushed back
Labour should not scale back the climate change policies it set out in its 2019 manifesto, Ed Miliband has said – after Keir Starmer’s office suggested a 2030 target could be shifted back because of lost time.
The shadow business and energy secretary told an online meeting of Labour activists on Wednesday that he was “not in this job to scale back on ambition”.
“I don’t resile one iota from the manifesto,” Mr Miliband told the call, organised by pressure group Labour for a Green New Deal, adding that the policies were “completely right on the ambition we need over the next decade”.
A spokesperson for Sir Keir said last week that Labour had lost the election and thus time to implement a decarbonisation programme, and that its new policy would be set in four or five years time.
The comments provoked concern from Labour MPs, including Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, with 21 left-wingers in the PLP writing to the leadership to call for the plan to be kept in place.