Labour has failed yet again to match climate rhetoric with real action - Hughes
Commenting after the defeat of a Liberal Democrat Opposition day motion calling for Government, Parliament, and all public sector bodies to cut their carbon pollution by 10% by the end of 2010, Liberal Democrat Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Simon Hughes said:
"This is a bad day for Parliament, Labour and the planet.
"The Government has failed to understand the level of public support for the 10:10 campaign or to get the message that people want real political action now to tackle dangerous climate change.
"Britain needs a Government which sets an example and delivers immediate and ambitious carbon reductions in the UK. Today the Government has stopped a clear message from going to the rest of the world that Britain will take action on climate change now.
"Last year Liberal Democrats successfully added an 80% emission reduction target to the Climate Change Act.
"We will continue to show political leadership in dealing with the climate crisis and we will continue to give the strongest backing to the 10:10 campaign."