UK Government intends to publish draft air quality plans in June

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom has insisted air quality is still a “top priority” for government and the draft plans will be published in June. Her comments come as the government was due to publish a draft air quality plan by 4pm yesterday but it submitted a last-minute request for an extension until after the general […]

‘UK must approve EU air laws’ say green groups

The UK’s Environment Secretary has been urged to vote in support of new industrial air pollution rules. As the government drafts its new air quality plans, a group of lawyers and environmental organisations have written an open letter urging Andrew Leadsom to vote ‘yes’ for a new EU legislation to limit the amount of toxic emissions factories and manufacturing sites are allowed to release. ClientEarth […]

UK Government to clamp down on litterbugs

The UK Government has unveiled a new strategy to reduce littering. Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom hopes the proposals for new enforcement, education and community engagement will reduce the annual burden of nearly £800 million in cleanup costs to the taxpayer. Under the National Litter Strategy, litterbugs could be hit with £150 fines, while vehicle owners could […]

Former Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom made Environment Secretary

Former Energy Minster Andrea Leadsom has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Ms Leadsom, who quit the race to become Prime Minister earlier this week, was given the new role following the appointment of new leader Theresa May and will replace Liz Truss who has been named new Justice Secretary. Her […]

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom quits race to become PM

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has quit the race to become the next Tory leader and Prime Minister. In a speech this morning, she said she did not have sufficient support from MPs to lead a “strong and stable government”. Ms Leadsom, a Brexit supporter, added Theresa May was ideally placed to deliver Britain’s withdrawal from […]

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom makes PM bid

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom has launched her bid to be the next UK Prime Minister. In a buoyant speech today, she promised to build a society based on “aspiration, tolerance and hope”. The Tory leadership contender added citizens of other EU countries living in the UK cannot be “bargaining chips” in Brexit negotiations and government […]

Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom to stand for Tory leadership

Energy and Climate Change Minister Andrea Leadsom has joined the race to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. The MP for South Northamptonshire declared she wants to “make the most of the Brexit opportunities” in a post on social media. Ms Leadsom, who campaigned to leave the EU, rose to the fore after […]

UK zero emissions target to be legally binding

The government has said it will make it legally binding for the UK to establish a zero emissions target. Under current regulations, emissions must be reduced by 80% by 2050. Speaking at the House of Commons yesterday, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said: “The government believes that we will need to take the step of enshrining […]

Andrea Leadsom: Nuclear industry must address gender imbalance

It is imperative for the nuclear industry to address gender imbalance. Speaking at the Women in Nuclear conference in London, Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom said the issue has a “deep, personal resonance” having worked in a number of male-dominated sectors. She added: “I want the nuclear industry to be a launch pad for the next […]

Andrea Leadsom insists Hinkley Point is good value for money

The new nuclear power station to be built at Hinkley Point in Somerset is “good value for money”. Energy Minister Andrea Leadsom insisted the low carbon energy source is vital in helping the government tackle and solve the energy trilemma. Speaking at the Energy Live 2015 conference in London last week, she said: “It’s low […]