Environment sidelined as election race begins
The general election race has now officially started and the date for going to the polls announced, to nobody's surprise, as May 5th.Each of the main parties has produced a list of the areas they feel will invigorate an increasingly apathetic electorate and, despite the growing awareness and concern over environmental issues, and the numerous national headlines that climate change and global warming have produced, not one of them has seen fit to make this a key election battleground.
Of the seven policy areas highlighted by the Conservatives, the six pledges made by Labour and the 'Ten Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat', only one mentions the environment at all. The Liberal Democrats put a commitment to 'cleaner transport and cleaner energy' at number five on their list.
Indeed, Norman Baker MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary has said that his party is so committed to this cause that their entire general election campaign will be carbon neutral and he challenged the other main parties to do the same.
"On the environment there have been many fine words from Labour, but they have failed to deliver. Labour still just don't get the environment. The Conservatives would be a disaster as they simply don't believe it's actually important enough to care about," he said.
Despite keeping them well buried, the main parties do have some policies on the environment. Here, edie news, with information compiled by ukendata.com, offer you the chance to compare what's on offer from the three main parties.
As a disclaimer, we must say that the views expressed are based on promises, policies, and quotes made by politicians. They are, therefore, subject to change and will not necessarily be implemented. We cannot be held accountable for broken promises, backtracking and climbdowns in the face of industry opposition or slow hand-claps from the WI.
The policies are as follows:
(National Policy Forum, Chapter on "Creating Sustainable Communities").
"Manifesto for the Environment" published March 2005.
For further information please contact party websites or your local MP.
By David Hopkins