A letter from 132 MPs and 51 peers calling on the government to adopt a new net zero emission target for the UK economy was delivered to 10 Downing Street yesterday afternoon. Handed in by Conservative MP Simon Clarke, who orchestrated the letter, and Labour MP and chair of the Environmental Audit Committee Mary Creagh, the letter secured support from across the political spectrum. Signatories included former Labour leader Ed Miliband and Labour Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, former Conservativew cabinet ministers Damian Green and Justine Greening, and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. It urges the government to introduce a new legally binding target that builds on the current goal to cut emissions 80 per cent by 2050 against 1990 levels and set a goal to ensure the UK delivers net zero emissions by mid-century at the latest. The government has said it will instruct the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) later this year to investigate whether such a target should be set, but Ministers are yet to confirm whether the goal will be introduced.
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