Jeremy Corbyn will hold ‘alternative Cop26’ in Scotland

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Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn will come to Scotland next month to hold an “alternative Cop26”, which aims to push for radical action on the climate crisis.

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The left-wing lawmaker said a series of events would challenge “weak politicians” who would discuss carbon emissions-cutting targets at a UN summit in Glasgow.

Organized through their Peace and Justice Project, the event features a “climate justice cabaret” as well as a panel with trade union leaders and two conversation-style events.


Corbyn said he wanted to “raise the voice of others” during the events in Glasgow and Edinburgh between 8 and 11 November.

“We need a radical and rapid change in our dangerously broken and disastrous political and economic system,” the Islington MP said. “Our future is being stolen from beneath us by a coalition of big polluters and big banks, backed by weak politicians who are too afraid to take them.”

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The former Labor leader said: “That change must be environmental, but also social and economic. Inequality, climate, COVID-19 and our crises of democracy are all linked.

“Climate is a class issue at home and an international justice for the world. Those who have done the least harm suffer the most and first. So at the heart of our campaign for climate justice must be the demands of workers and the global South. needed.”

“I can’t wait to be in Scotland during Cop26 to add my voice – and more importantly, raise the voice of others – proposing radical and rapid change.”

Corbyn has been suspended as Labor MP for reacting to a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on anti-Semitic sentiment in the party.

The MP used an event on the sidelines of last month’s Labor convention to accuse his successor Sir Keir Starmer of “repeatedly giving free passes” to the Tory government.

On climate change, Starmer has reaffirmed Labor’s ambitious goal of achieving a “substantial majority” of greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030 – a commitment made under Corbyn’s leadership.

Labor has also committed to invest an additional £28bn every year until 2030 to tackle the climate crisis, a plan outlined during the party conference in Brighton last month.

Last month former Unite union boss Len McCluskey claimed Starmer had agreed to a backroom deal to lift Corbyn’s suspension, but then backed down on it after a backlash.


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