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Labour announces policies to expand green space and industry

JEREMY CORBYN pledged yesterday that Labour would plant billions more trees, protect at-risk species and clean up the air while creating a million more green jobs.

The party published its Plan for Nature that includes a promise to create 10 new national parks, and to plant two billion trees by 2040.

The forest expansion would help stop the decline of native animals, such as the hedgehog, natterjack toad, red squirrel, and the turtle dove that has declined by 97 per cent since 1970.

Labour also plans to introduce a new clean-air act, encouraging use of greener transport and enforcing clean-air zones around schools.

Setting out his plans to expand on Britain’s green industry, Mr Corbyn warned that the Tories’ trade negotiations with the US could lead to lower environmental standards.

He said that the 451 pages of uncensored trade-talks notes he revealed on Wednesday  showed that a post-Brexit deal would be a threat to the environment as well as the NHS.

Mr Corbyn added that the documents reveal that US negotiators complained about British controls on pesticides and rules on consumer labelling, including for genetically modified crops.

He slammed US officials for not wanting to mention greenhouse gas reductions in trade agreements because they say climate change is “very sensitive in the US.”

“Well, I don’t care how sensitive it is, this is the biggest threat to our future,” Mr Corbyn said.

Labour in government plans to “bring down carbon emissions to net zero” through green energy and technology.

The party says its proposals for a “green industrial revolution” would create a million new jobs.

Mr Corbyn was speaking in Southampton, where geothermal power is generated by French multinational ENGIE for the Southampton District Energy Scheme. He said Britain needs “more of that kind of innovation.”

He said: “Our green industrial revolution will benefit working-class people with more rewarding, well-paid jobs, cheaper energy bills and new opportunities in parts of our country that have been held back for too long.”

Angus Satow, co-founder of grassroots group Labour for a Green New Deal, said new polling from Survation on behalf of the New Economics Foundation think-tank shows that the public are “crying out for bold government action.”

A majority of voters in every region polled — focusing on Labour -held marginals in the Midlands and the North – supported government intervention to create green jobs.

Labour is also pledging to invest in flood services for the North West, Yorkshire, and the East Midlands.

 

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