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February 1, 2008 5:26 PM

Susan Kramer MP and other Lib Dem MPs banded together last week to push a bill that would safeguard the right of local councils to tackle climate change through to its next stage in the House of Commons.

The would safeguards the right of local councils to require new developments to generate renewable and low carbon energy.

Susan Kramer MP said:

"Here in Richmond, the council has taken the innovative step of insisting that all new non-residential developments generate at least 10% of their energy needs from renewable sources."

"This bill safeguards the council's progressive and innovative action to tackle climate change, meaning that the exciting work councils like Richmond are doing to tackle climate change can be preserved."

"While you would expect that this kind of bill would be exactly what the Government would be supporting in its efforts to tackle climate change, it took a group of MPs hiding in offices and rushing out to vote to keep it alive."