David backs call for Government to hold climate crisis debate

David backs call for Government to hold climate crisis debate

When my colleague Darren Jones MP asked me to sign a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the Government to devote at least a full day of parliamentary time to properly debate climate change, I was pleased to add my support, along with 70 other Labour MPs.

Labour has already declared a climate and environmental emergency. We urgently need our colleagues across the house to recognise this and act on a way forward.

Read the text of our joint letter here:

Dear Prime Minister

Climate Change Debate

There have now been two Westminster Hall debates in addition to the recent debate on the floor of the House on the relates issues of the IPCC report, COP24 and targets to reach “net zero” carbon emissions in recent months.

These debates have only happened because of Labour MPs securing Westminster hall debates and because of the Backbench Business Committee. But many of us felt there was insufficient time to properly debate the issue of Climate Change and many colleagues who wanted to attend were unable to do so.

Each debate has included a clear ask of the Government to allocate significant time to this issue within Government time in the House of Commons. The Independent Climate Change Committee, Members of Parliament from all sides to the House, non-governmental bodies and scientists have all said we need to debate this issue more fully and take action with more urgency.

We therefore call on the Government to commit to allocating at least one full day of Government time to this issue, perhaps in response to the advice from the Climate Change Committee on reaching net zero carbon emissions targets, and for that debate to be led by you as Prime Minister.

Following the Climate Strike and Extincting Rebellion protests, David Attenborough’s Climate Change - the facts, Greta Thunberg’s excellent campaigning and increasing evidence surely the least the Government could do is provide time to debate how the UK - and indeed our partners around the world - will meet zero and negative emissions sooner rather than later.

I look forward to reading your response,

Darren Jones MP

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