Dominic Harrison and Andrew Day are unlikely partners. One is an Extinction Rebellion activist, the other a Conservative councillor under a prime minister who has called climate change protesters “uncooperative crusties”. But they forged an alliance after green campaigners persuaded Warwick district council to become the UK’s first to offer residents a referendum on whether to pay about 3% extra in council tax to fund a climate action fund. “I wish people would stop calling me a brave man,” said Day, 58, the local Tory leader, who drives an electric Jaguar, as he stood welly-deep in waterlogged Welches Meadow in Leamington Spa on Friday. Harrison, 55, added cheerfully: “You never know, this might be the first referendum that doesn’t end in chaos.” On Wednesday, district councillors are expected to order a referendum on May 7, asking 140,000 residents to increase their taxes for the sake of the environment.
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