UK Government seeks to delay publication of air quality plan

The UK Government is seeking to delay publishing its air quality plan until after the general election. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) was ordered by the court to publish its plans for tackling air pollution by 4pm today after its previous proposals were deemed inadequate. However, Defra asked for the date […]

Shadow Energy Minister Alan Whitehead at #EL2016

Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Alan Whitehead will be speaking at the Energy Live 2016 conference in London next month. He was reappointed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn just three months after he resigned from the same role. Mr Whitehead will join Former Energy Secretary Ed Davey, investment expert Andrew Buglass and Mike Huggins […]

Labour reappoints Alan Whitehead as Shadow Energy Minister

Alan Whitehead has been reappointed as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister just three months after he resigned from the same role. The MP for Southampton Test joins Clive Lewis who is now the Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Secretary. Mr Whitehead had stepped down as part of a wave of resignations in protest against […]

Clive Lewis appointed as Shadow Business and Energy Secretary

Clive Lewis has been appointed as the new Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary as part of Labour’s latest reshuffle. The Norwich South MP, who was the former Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, has taken over the role from Barry Gardiner. However Mr Gardiner will still have some responsibility for energy and climate […]

Tory MPs rebel against Osborne on solar tax

At least 17 Conservative Party MPs are backing Labour’s move to block a tax increase on solar panels and other energy saving measures. They have signed up to the Opposition’s amendment which would stop a VAT hike from 5% to 20% which was initially proposed last year. It followed the European Court of Justice’s ruling […]

UK’s capacity auction reform ‘belatedly addresses seriousness of energy crunch’

The UK Government is “admitting its abject failure” to keeping power stations open and protecting energy security by proposing changes to the Capacity Market. That’s the view of the Scottish Government, which said it has called for action “repeatedly over many years” to protect baseload and backup capacity. The UK Government however said the latest […]

Former Shadow Energy Minister heads nuclear trade body

Former Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex has been appointed as the new CEO of the nuclear trade body. He will take up the position at the Nuclear Industry Association (NIA) from 1st February, succeeding Keith Parker who has held the position for more than a decade. Mr Greatrex was the Opposition’s lead spokesman for nuclear […]

Labour-run cities pledge 100% clean energy by 2050

Labour leaders of more than 60 councils across Britain have signed a pledge to power their towns and cities with 100% clean energy by 2050. These includes councils in London, Norwich, Cambridge, Oldham, Liverpool, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle and Nottingham. It is estimated this will cut the UK’s carbon footprint by more than 10%. The pledge, […]

Guest Blog: Georgina Penfold – We know he’s deeply red…. but is he also green?

The one-time 200/1 outsider, Jeremy Corbyn stormed through the steeplechase of politics to take up his maiden position on the front-bench… in the opposition’s most powerful role. Love or loathe his politics, the left-wing Labour leader is sure to bring a very different and determined angle to the Commons debates – but what could a […]

20% of Labour and Lib Dems against fracking

A fifth of Liberal Democrat and Labour candidates have said they will oppose fracking despite their parties’ views. The Pledge, circulated by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, asked candidates to promise: “If my constituency is at risk of fracking, I will oppose it. If my constituency is not at risk, I will oppose fracking nationwide.” It […]