Parliament votes against 10:10 commitment

A Liberal Democrat move to get the Houses of Parliament signed up to cut its carbon emissions by 10% by 2010 failed to win over the majority of MPs.

The special opposition day debate yesterday (October 21) attempted to sign up Parliment to the 10:10 commitment.

However, after a debate, the majority of MPs in a very tight vote went 297 against to 226 for – rejecting the plan.

A spokesman for the campaign said; “It is disappointing the government wasn’t ready to commit to 10% next year, but they didn’t rule it out.

“They just said they don’t know if it is possible, or how much it would cost, but thanks to people’s actions the government has promised an extra £20m to pay for more emissions reductions from their departments.

“It’s not 10%. But it’s a start.”

Luke Walsh

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