Queen’s Speech climate snub is “deeply worrying”

The Queen’s Speech has been dubbed “deeply worrying” by Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party. Today the Queen confirmed the Energy Bill will be set before Parliament soon. DECC […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Queen’s Speech has been dubbed “deeply worrying” by Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green Party.

Today the Queen confirmed the Energy Bill will be set before Parliament soon. DECC said the Bill will be put forward in a draft form within a few weeks and will include the long-awaited Electricity Market Reform.

But the Green Party MP seemed to be alarmed by a lack of support for climate change in the Government’s plans for the next year of legislation.

Ms Lucas tweeted: “Deeply worrying #QueensSpeech – no ambitious plans to tackle climate change”.

However environmental campaign groups were less pessimistic about the Queen’s speech.

Margaret Ounsley, head of public affairs at WWF-UK, said “There is much that is encouraging here, with legislation to help green the power sector and to protect our precious rivers and streams; we now just need to make sure that what is being suggested will work.”