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Labour 'would reverse Rishi's Net Zero u-turn,' Shadow Environment Secretary confirms
20 September 2023, 19:46 | Updated: 20 September 2023, 21:02
Labour would reverse Rishi Sunak's 'U-turn' on the sale of petrol and diesel cars, the Shadow Environment Secretary has confirmed.
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Labour's shadow environment secretary said his party would reverse Mr Sunak's decision if they are elected in next year's general election.
“We would because that is what industry has been geared up for, that’s what we have to do if we want to meet our Net Zero targets and if we want to lower the costs of driving," he told LBC.
As well as pushing back the ban on petrol and diesel cars, the government will give people 'far more time' to change over to heat pumps in their homes.
“We’ll never force anyone to rip out their existing heat pump... You’ll only have to make the switch when you’re replacing your boiler anyway, and even then, not until 2035," he said.
The move has caused uproar among those in the Conservative party, including former energy minister Chris Skidmore, who told LBC: "There's a complete lack of certainty, clarity, and consistency over the UK's Net Zero pathway."
Tory peer Zac Goldsmith - who resigned over Mr Sunak's "apathy for the environment" - called for a snap election in the wake of the policy announcement.
Meanwhile, those on the right of the Tory party, including former prime minister Liz Truss, have backed Mr Sunak's major policy shift.
John Cauldwell ponders on switching to Labour following Net Zero rollback
Labour's commitment to reversing Mr Sunak's policy shows a clear dividing line between the two major parties when it comes to the environment.
The Tories, on the other hand, have approved more oil and gas licences to drill for fossil fuels in the North Sea.