Senior Tory warns Red Wall families least able to afford Boris Johnson’s green agenda

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Boris Johnson is facing warnings that his green agenda “will not work” if the government imposes significant additional costs on low-income households in the transition to net zero by 2050.

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Despite praising the government’s plans, the prime minister was also urged to be “outraged” by a senior Tory that many Red Wall communities could afford to at least afford the drastic changes needed to reach the legally binding goal. will be able

The remarks came at a fringe event during a Conservative conference and shortly after Mr Johnson said all electricity in the UK should be produced from clean energy sources, such as wind and solar, by 2035.


The government is hoping to encourage other countries to aim for a net zero target at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow next month – weeks after a major UN report warned that time was running out to save the planet .

Speaking on Monday, Jake Berry, chairman of the Northern Research Group of Conservative lawmakers, said providing net zero is “along with creating a growing northern economy” with huge opportunities in store.

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However, he cautioned: “At its cost, I think there is a pinch point towards the government. I don’t, if I’m being honest, know what the answer is.”

“Everyone thinks this is a great agenda, and it absolutely is, we have to look at ways to better our planet and leave our children a better planet than we were born, all until you get well.” Something sounds good. You need to replace your boiler’, or ‘You need to buy a really expensive electric vehicle that you probably can’t afford’.

“I don’t know how the government will deal with it, whether it is through subsidies on vehicles or boilers or whatever, but I think we have to take into account the fact that it will be a red wall for many communities that are being run by us. are least able to afford these changes being made.”

Hitchin and Harpenden’s Conservative MP Bim Afolami also spoke about the event. the audience: “It is clear to me that this agenda will not work in the coming years if the government imposes significant additional costs on those who cannot pay them – it is that simple.”

“We especially need to look at significantly higher local taxes that are related to environmentally harmful carbon intensive ways – for example, we have a landfill tax, we should increase that landfill tax,” he said.

“We can grow this significantly and the extra money is going to help local authorities invest and improve local recycling – I use that as an example. But we have to raise money to make sure we do. It will be necessary that people do not raise money on this transition.

Mr Afolami continued: “We have to make sure that individuals are protected from this because I think the biggest medium term risk to this whole agenda is people who can afford it are saying to others, look at you. Gotta go green and people can’t afford it.”

Elsewhere, a poll showed that the Conservative Party could lose 32 so-called “red wall” seats to Labor if elections are held tomorrow, with parties neck-and-neck in the North of England, Midlands and North Wales constituencies.

Conservatives have fallen to 41 percent in red-walled areas – seven points below the party’s 2019 result – while Labor has risen two points to 40 percent.

According to the company’s modeling, the result plays back dozens of seats for Sir Keir Starmer’s party in the traditional Labor-voting arena.

YouGov said four Red Wall Conservative constituencies would be “strongly back in Labour’s hands”, while another 14 would also be “likely to fall” for Starmer’s party and a further 14 would be too close to call.


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