Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to distance himself from climate change deniers in his party by describing “man-made climate change” as “one of the most serious threats” that faces the country.
He was prodded into the remarks today by the Labour leader Ed Miliband during Prime Minister’s Questions.
The Prime Minister was asked if he was “happy to have climate change deniers” in his government.
Mr Cameron told the Commons climate change is a “global issue” and cited the Government’s Green Investment Bank, support for nuclear power and cuts in carbon.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker was thrilled by his senior Tory colleague’s comments, tweeting: “Great to hear PM lauding the Coalition’s real achievements on Climate Change…
“PM bang on! Ed M talks a good game on #ClimateChange but that wasnt [sic] matched by his record in office. We are proud of our real achievements!”
Labour MPs weren’t impressed though. Jonathan Reynolds tweeted: “Cameron just doesn’t get it. Man made climate change is a reality and deniers in his government undermine tackling it…
“To properly protect the British people against flooding the PM should tell everyone in his party to get real on climate change.”