Prime minister David Cameron only mentioned climate change in passing in his final party conference speech before the 2015 general election. Many Tories are outspoken climate sceptics, including the former environment secretary Owen Paterson.
Though Cameron told the UN that climate change “is one of the most serious threats facing our world” only last week, in his key address in Birmingham, the Conservative leader offered just one line on the environment.
While speaking of the UK’s position on the world stage, Cameron declared that his government “is leading, not following, on climate change“.
However, while laying out his party’s priorities ahead of next year’s vote, the prime minister made no specific pledges on the environment and gave scant mention to energy. This is despite his promise to lead “the greenest government ever” shortly after coming to power.
“Looks like David Cameron did a Miliband and forgot something in his speech… the environment,”Greenpeace UK said on Twitter.
Critics say that while Cameron may personally believe in the importance of tackling climate change, his speech proves he does not have the backing of his party. Many Tories are outspoken climate sceptics, including the former environment secretary Owen Paterson.