The Liberal Democrats have set out ambitious £100 billion spending plans to tackle the climate emergency, including generating 80% of our electricity from renewables and retrofitting all homes by 2030.
Launching their ‘Our Plan to Tackle the Climate Emergency’, the party’s Climate Emergency spokesperson Wera Hobhouse declared that “the climate emergency is upon us and we need to take radical action now.”
The plan includes the full costings of how the Liberal Democrats would spend £100 billion tackling the climate emergency and details on how they would cut greenhouse gases in every sector of the economy to achieve net-zero.
Plans in the Liberal Democrat’s ‘Our Plan to Tackle the Climate Emergency’ include:
- Generating 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030.
- Retrofitting all homes – cutting energy bills – and targeting those in fuel poverty first by 2025.
- Planting 60 million trees a year to increase UK forest cover.
- Ensuring all new cars sold are electric by 2030.
- Banning all non-essential non-recyclable single-use plastic within three years.
Commenting on the Liberal Democrats' ‘Our Plan for Tackling the Climate Emergency’, Liberal Democrat Candidate for South Dorset said:
"Climate change is already having an impact on our coastal communities and we need to act immediately to reduce its effect on our children and future generations.
The Liberal Democrats have a proud record of taking action both locally and nationally and our commitment to achieving carbon net zero is evident in our plans."
Responding to an Amnesty International survey showing that young people view climate change as one of the most important issues facing the world, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Climate Emergency, Wera Hobhouse said:
Liberal Democrat Manifesto“Gen Z have been shouting it in the streets: the climate emergency is one of the most important issues we have ever faced. It’s real and we have to act now.
“Young people shouldn't have to strike from school to get the Tories to listen to their concerns. The Conservatives are climate delayers and are complacent in the face of a crisis. The Liberal Democrats are listening. We have a credible plan to tackle the climate emergency. We will spend £100 billion pounds to generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030, retrofit all homes by 2025, and planting 60 million trees a year to increase UK forest cover.
Responding to a leaked document from the Department for Exiting the EU on potential goods checks between Northern Ireland and Britain after Brexit, Liberal Democrat Shadow Brexit Secretary Tom Brake said:
"These documents show Boris Johnson is hiding the truth about the damage his Brexit plans would do to our family of nations.
"He has lied to the Queen, lied to Parliament and now he's lying to the public.
"If Boris Johnson gets a majority, the Brexit chaos will drag on for years to come as it's clear major issues like the Irish Border will remain unsolved.
"Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Boris, stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion pound Remain Bonus in our public services."
The Liberal Democrats have revealed that Brexit is already costing the government £380–470 million a week – money that could have been spent on the NHS instead.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that GDP is £55–66 billion lower this year than it would have been without Brexit, mainly due to uncertainty deterring business investment. Business investment in the UK has fallen by 3% since the end of 2017, whereas other G7 countries have seen it grow.
Based on the IFS figures, the Liberal Democrats have calculated that public sector receipts (which are 37% of GDP) are £20.3–24.3 billion lower this year than they would have been, which equates to £380–470 million a week.
Liberal Democrats have today urged people to vote for them to "stop Boris and stop Brexit", as they unveil ready-to-go legislation for a People’s Vote as soon as Parliament returns after the election.
The Liberal Democrat plans would introduce two draft bills that together would pave the way to a People's Vote on Brexit. First, a ‘Paving Bill’ which would enable the Electoral Commission to start the necessary consultation around a referendum question and lead campaign designation. Secondly, a full Bill which would provide for a referendum on the deal versus staying in the European Union.
The Liberal Democrats have laid amendments to secure a People's Vote 17 times, and voted in favour of a People’s Vote at every opportunity.
Responding to Priti Patel's claim that the Conservatives are "the Party of Law and Order", Liberal
Liberal Democrat candidate Nick Ireland said:
"With all the cuts to community policing in Dorset, this is an ridiculous claim. Brexit would rob our police of the European Arrest Warrant that has brought thousands of criminals to justice, as well as access to EU-wide crime databases that they use more than a million times a day. Brexit would mean more criminals on our streets.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:
"The Tories cannot claim to be the party of law and order when their Brexit plans would make us less safe and their manifesto seeks to undermine the rule of law.
Lib Dems: Almost 1 million businesses close over three years in Brexit hit to high street
Almost one million businesses in the UK have closed in the past three years, analysis by the Liberal Democrats has revealed, showing how Brexit uncertainty under the Conservatives is hitting our high streets.
It comes as the Liberal Democrats today (Saturday 7 December) unveil a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost small businesses, to mark Small Business Saturday.
Figures from the ONS show that 978,285 businesses closed their doors between 2016-2018. This is an increase of almost a third (28%) compared to the 765,000 businesses that closed in the three previous years.
Nick Ireland, Liberal Democrat candidate in South Dorset said:
"Weymouth and Portland has one of the UK's most 'bankrupt areas'. This area was recently ranked 12th worst in the country when it comes to insolvency, with debt-stricken residents struggling to make repayments. Our seaside towns deserve better. Brexit is only making the situation worse."
The Federation of Small Businesses has warned that a no deal Brexit, which Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule out, would mean more damage to firms.
The Liberal Democrats have announced today that they will move more than 9,000 members of staff out of the Home Office, under the party’s plans to strip the discredited department of responsibility for immigration and asylum.
Highlighting the Windrush Scandal, the Hostile Environment and the large number of rulings against the Home Office in courts and tribunals, the Liberal Democrats argue that the department is “not fit for purpose” and warned "the Conservatvies' chaotic approach to Brexit risks a repeat of the Windrush scandal for EU citizens."
The party’s manifesto commits to stripping the Home Office of responsibility for policy making in relation to work visas, international students and asylum – and handing it to the Departments for Business, Education and International Development respectively.
The Liberal Democrats said that their plans for a “fair, effective immigration system” also include establishing a new arms-length, non-political agency to take over processing visa and asylum applications.
This new agency would be given the staff, training and resources to process applications quickly and fairly, with a focus on getting decisions right first-time and therefore saving time and expense on appeals.