UK appoints Natascha Engel as independent Shale Gas Commissioner

The former MP will be a direct communication link between the shale gas industry, local communities and regulators

Conservative MPs call on PM to support fifth carbon budget

A total of 20 Conservative MPs are calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to support the adoption of a fifth carbon budget. The letter sent to the PM follows the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendation to set a carbon budget which includes cutting emissions from international shipping. The suggestion has also been supported by the […]

Bournemouth invites Amber Rudd to see wind farm risks

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has been invited to Bournemouth to see the potential risks posed by an offshore wind farm if it is built. Bournemouth Tourism Management Board sent the invitation in an effort to prevent the Navitus Bay project going ahead. Bournemouth County Council sent a letter this week urging the government not to go ahead […]

Hundreds lobby MPs at mass climate rally

Doctors, beekeepers and surfers were among hundreds of people who marched across Westminster as part of a climate change lobby yesterday. They met with more than 100 MPs to urge them to do more to fight climate change and discussed their views on how it could be tackled. The ‘Speak Up for the Love Of…’ […]

Tim Yeo dropped as candidate by local Conservative party

The MP Tim Yeo who chairs parliament’s Energy Select Committee has been dropped by his local Conservative party as its candidate for the next election. The Executive Council of the South Suffolk Conservative Association met on Friday evening and voted against re-adopting him in a secret ballot. Mr Yeo now has three options: accept the decision, […]

Tim Yeo “very pleased” to be cleared after sleaze claim

Backbench Tory MP Tim Yeo has admitted it is a relief to have been cleared by Parliament’s sleaze watchdog over newspaper allegations he offered help to a fake solar power company. Back in June, he stepped down temporarily from his post as chair of the climate change committee after a secretly recorded conversation with two […]

MPs urge government not to scrap green homes code

The Government should reconsider its plans to axe the Code for Sustainable Homes in the UK, MPs have warned. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has been consulting on plans to scrap the sustainable homes policy as part of its efforts to cut red tape in the house building industry. It suggested getting […]

Miliband: We’ll force Commons to vote on energy price freeze

Labour leader Ed Miliband will today promise to force the House of Commons to vote on an energy price freeze in another sign energy bills are at the heart of his election campaign. He is also set to lump Prime Minister David Cameron in with the country’s largest energy companies, derisively calling them the “Big […]

Caroline Lucas MP charged over Balcombe fracking protests

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has been charged following her arrest at the Balcombe anti-fracking protests last month. Nigel Pilkington from the Crown Prosecution Service South East said: “After careful consideration, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to prosecute Ms Lucas for breaching a police […]

Tim Yeo steps down temporarily after sleaze claims

Conservative MP Tim Yeo is temporarily resigning as chair of Parliament’s energy committee following allegations he was willing to take cash in exchange for his influence in government. In a sting by two undercover reporters from The Sunday Times posing as employees of a solar firm, it is claimed Yeo said he could use his […]