Government’s failed air pollution cases cost taxpayers £500,000

According to a Freedom of Information release obtained by the Labour Party, the government has spent half a million pounds to fight legal battles

Labour vows to nationalise energy and water

The Labour Party has vowed to nationalise the energy and water industries if it wins the next general election. Speaking at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said: “Rail, water, energy, Royal Mail – we’re taking them back.” Politicians would decide if full market value is awarded when they are taken […]

Industry reacts to Labour’s plans

The official release of the Labour Party’s election manifesto  has already gathered mixed reactions from the UK’s energy industry. It outlines a series of proposed change-ups for the sector, including scrapping the National Grid in favour of decentralised energy systems, banning fracking, introducing price caps and pushing for increased renewable generation. Fracking ban UKOOG, the […]

Labour Party Manifesto: 60% of UK’s energy to go green by 2030

The Labour Party’s energy policy would ensure at least 60% of the UK’s energy comes from zero-carbon or renewable sources by 2030. That’s according to its manifesto, which was officially released earlier today and outlines how investments in green gas and renewable electricity production would be used to ensure security of energy supply and ‘keep […]

Clive Lewis quits as Shadow Energy Secretary

Clive Lewis has resigned from his role as Shadow Business and Energy Secretary. It comes after he defied party orders to back the Brexit bill and start the process of leaving the EU. Mr Lewis, who held the post since October last year, was one of 52 Labour MPs to do so, following which he […]

Labour Party vows to cap energy prices if voted in

The Labour Party has vowed to cap energy prices if it gets into power. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell made the promise after npower announced a 9.8% price rise for many of its customers. The hike is expected to add roughly £109 to the cost of annual dual fuel bills. The Big Six supplier said the rise, which comes in the face […]

Barry Gardiner pledges to ban fracking

Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Barry Gardiner has promised to ban fracking if the Labour Party wins the next general election. During his speech at the Labour Party Annual Conference in Liverpool, Mr Gardiner said fracking “locks the country into an energy infrastructure based on fossil fuels” instead of clean energy. His comment follows Jeremy […]

Labour launches campaign to block solar tax hike

The Labour Party is calling on the government to stop the solar panel tax hikes to protect jobs and investment in the industry. Shadow Energy Secretary Barry Gardiner has rallied other MPs, including MP for Wirral West Margaret Greenwood (pictured), to join campaigners, with the aim of pausing plans for a potential eight-fold tax increase […]

Jeremy Corbyn pledges energy policy ‘for the 60m, not the Big Six’

Jeremy Corbyn has promised to create an energy policy “for the 60 million, not the Big Six” if he becomes Prime Minister. In his ‘Environmental Manifesto’, the Labour leader says he aims to deliver clean and affordable electricity and heating by promoting the growth and creation of local companies. Mr Corbyn, who is battling Owen Smith for […]

Jeremy Corbyn pledges £300m for energy and climate research

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged to establish a £300 million hi-tech research agency to help tackle energy security and climate change. He said the proposed US-style Advanced Research Agency would carry out “cutting edge” research and take advantage of the market for renewable energy. Mr Corbyn, who is battling Owen Smith for the Labour leadership, […]