Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


05 DEC 2017

Renew Our World

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Renew Our World campaign on climate change.

I understand your concern on this matter and I hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is of interest:

Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today, and it threatens to set back much of the progress made in tackling inequality and poverty. The UK is taking a leading role as the world works towards achieving a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and limiting climate change to manageable levels.
The Government is sending clear signals to investors and businesses that our country is in the process of transitioning to a low-carbon economy. The Energy Act 2013 is being used to decarbonise the UK's energy sector by incentivising investment into new, sustainable technologies, while the Government is doubling its own spending on energy innovation.
Britain is already leading the way. We will be one of the first developed countries to take coal out of the energy mix completely, with the announcement that all coal-fired power stations where carbon emissions aren't being captured and stored will be closed by 2025. Renewable capacity has trebled since 2010, and the Government has sent clear signals to investors and businesses about the shift to a low carbon economy through its Clean Growth Strategy.
As part of the promised climate finance, the Government has committed £5.8 billion by 2020 to help the world's poorest adapt to climate change and promote cleaner, greener economic growth, in addition to working with private interests to stimulate investment into developing nations.

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