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Chris Davies MEP writes: Conservatives and climate change – Tuesday’s revealing vote in Strasbourg

July 6, 2011 6:07 PM

• [Jul 04] Chris Davies writes: WHILE Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is at the fore of efforts in the European Council to raise EU ambitions for reducing CO2 emissions, Conservative MEPs are refusing to back the Government's position, and look set this week instead to demonstrate their real views about efforts to curb global warming.

At issue is a vote due to take place in Strasbourg on Tuesday that will determine the Parliament's stance on the European Commission's strategy to promote a low carbon economy. The result is on a knife edge . . Under the new leadership of Martin Callanan (North East) the eurosceptics and global warming deniers within the Conservative delegation seem to have gained the upper hand, linked perhaps by a shared hatred of any initiatives that may be taken at EU level.

. . The European Parliament is a coalition-free zone so far as British politics are concerned. There is no agreement or working arrangement between Lib Dem and Tory MEPs. But if David Cameron is as committed to his government's policy as his Energy Secretary he will pick up the phone to Martin Callanan and pull him back into line.

• Chris Davies MEP writes: Conservatives and climate change - Tuesday's revealing vote in Strasbourg [Lib Dem Voice Jul 04]