LABOUR is pledging to reform the energy sector as part of its wider plans to bolster British industry. Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey will visit turbine makers Hutchinson Engineering in Widnes today, where she will announce Labour plans to invest in new green technologies across every region of Britain.
Morning Star 6th Aug 2018 read more »
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The Labour Party has once again scrutinised the Conservative Party’s track record on renewables policy amidst a broader push on energy issues. Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey visited a wind turbine manufacturer in Widnes over the weekend as part of a newly-branded push to bring energy jobs and investment back to Britain. Long Bailey, who has been a vocal critic of the government’s energy policy during her time on Labour’s front bench, used the platform to criticise an array of energy policies which the Labour Party contest have undermined Britain’s domestic industry. Cuts to solar support frameworks, which the party said were responsible for as many as 12,000 lost jobs, were amongst the policy moves criticised by Labour, as well as the scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes policy and a decision to effectively suspend all new renewables supports until 2025. Long Bailey said the Conservatives had “not given our energy industry the support it needs”, resulting in an “expensive and polluting” energy system that is “reaching its sell by date”.
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A Labour government would give more support to British renewable energy companies, shadow business secretary Rebecca-Long Bailey has said. The Conservatives had undermined the green economy by scrapping projects such as the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, she said. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last month launched a campaign to build more things in Britain after Brexit. The government said it was “absolutely committed” to green energy. Labour says its policy of nationalising the energy sector would deliver renewable power and help consumers – but the Tories have said the plan would cost taxpayers money and result in a poorer service. Ms Long-Bailey, who is visiting wind turbine manufacturer Hutchinson Engineering, in Widnes, Cheshire, on Monday, attacked the Conservatives’ record on green energy schemes, the scrapped carbon capture and storage initiative, and cuts to solar subsidies.
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Labour has promised to harness the potential of clean technologies to bring energy sector jobs and investment back to the UK, in a bid to “rebalance” Britain’s economy and cut carbon emissions. The party’s Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey said on Sunday that Labour is “committed” to clean energy and will invest in infrastructure and new green technologies across the UK to drive job creation and fight climate change. Long-Bailey, who visited wind turbine manufacturer Hutchinson Engineering in Cheshire yesterday, claimed the Conservatives have “undermined” Britain’s energy industry by rejecting projects such as the proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay. She also attacked the Conservative’s record on driving green energy investment, pointing to Bloomberg New Energy Finance analysis which suggests green investment fell by 56 per cent in 2017.
Business Green 7th Aug 2018 read more »
I strongly agree with the main messages of Labour front bench shadow ministers Rebecca Long-Bailey (energy) and Fabian Hamilton ( peace and disarmament) in the respective Star articles ( 6 August) “Labour plans to invest in Green technologies” and “The anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing should encourage the government to sign the UN Nuclear Ban treaty.” But both positive aspirations are severely hamstrung because Labour also strongly supports both nuclear power and nuclear weapons, which completely undermines achieving as sustainable future economy and safer planet. But Rebecca does mention this inexplicable support for pouring billions into publicly subsidising new nuclear, and Fabian does not mention Trident – the giant atomic bull in the peaceful china shop – at all.
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