Sent to: Exeter University Green Society
Exeter MP,Mr Ben Bradshaw
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Mr Ed Miliband
Action: Please circulate this message to people who will be interested
At the beginning of the month the Exeter Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw, told me in writing that he supported the 10:10 campaign's ambition to cut emissions by 10% in 2010.
Yesterday the motion was put to the house of commons, and was overwhelming blocked by Labour, including a negative vote from my MP. The motion received strong support from the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, but was rejected at 297:225.
A heavily watered down version passed the house without a further vote, and it does commit £20 million to assist central government to reduce their emissions.
The main aim of the 10:10 campaign is to send a strong message to the world that we are ready to commit to ambitious and binding targets in Copenhagen this December. What is most baffling is that the 10% cut is completely in line with the Labour government's existing commitment of a 12.5% reduction by 2010-11.
The Liberal Democrats want the UK to take the lead on the issue of climate change, they proposed this bold motion, they unanimously supported it, and of all the parties they have the highest turn out to vote. Maybe it's time we all vote Liberal in Exeter? Does the Green Society actively support a political party?
See the full break down of votes on this motion here.