Working class people will be the worst hit by the devastating effects of climate change while the rich are able to “escape rising sea levels”, Jeremy Corbyn will say on Friday. In a speech to the Scottish Labour conference in Dundee, he will describe tackling climate change as a “class issue” due to its disproportionate impact on the less well off. Warning that the problem is the biggest threat to people’s futures, he will promise to make it the “central issue” of the party’s industrial strategy if it wins power. The Labour leader will also take aim at the Scottish Government’s proposals on climate change, claiming its plans do not go far enough, in comments likely to be welcomed by green groups.
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Jeremy Corbyn has downplayed the Brexit crisis by claiming that poverty and climate change are far greater priorities for Labour and the country. Addressing Scottish Labour’s annual conference, Corbyn said his party was not “obsessed by constitutional questions, like the others are. We’re obsessed, absolutely obsessed, with tackling the problems people face in their daily lives”. In an apparent effort to shift the focus away from his party’s deep divisions over Brexit, Corbyn said the UK’s greatest challenge was global warming. “We are facing a climate crisis. There’s no bigger threat to our future. And fundamentally, the destruction of our climate is a class issue,” he said.
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