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London mayor launches climate action plan with Ed Miliband

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan wooed green voters as he and shadow energy secretary Ed Miliband announced a new climate action plan for the capital today.

With three weeks to go until the mayoral election on May 2, Mr Khan recommitted the capital reaching net zero by 2030, saying the city is at a “crucial crossroads moment” for climate action.

He branded his Conservative opponent Susan Hall “a proud anti-green candidate” with “a Trumpian approach to the climate crisis” as he announced his Net Zero Schools initiative which will aim to help schools become sources of energy generation by investing an initial £2 million for solar panels and other measures at 50 sites across the capital.

Ms Hall has pledged to scrap the expansion of the Ulez scheme on her first day in office.

Though polls put him as the firm favourite to secure a third term, Mr Khan today insisted the mayoral election “neck and neck” between him and Ms Hall.

Mr Miliband said Ms Hall being elected mayor of London would be a “global embarrassment for Britain,” adding: “I support Sadiq’s new 10-point climate action plan for London and his great Net Zero Schools initiative.

“This is the kind of project that we can help turbocharge with a Labour government as we have made clean power central to one of Labour’s five national missions.”

The mayor’s 10-point climate plan also includes delivering a 100 per cent zero-emission bus fleet in London by 2030, putting air pollution filters in primary schools, providing more than 40,000 new public bike parking spaces by 2030 and more than doubling the number of electric vehicle charging points to 40,000 by 2030.


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