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Ed Davey said tackling climate change should not come at the expense of higher energy costs for consumers and businesses. "I really want to go green, I think climate change is a serious challenge to our economy, but we've got to do it in... Continue to article
Ed Davey said that the EU agreement on climate change was a “major step forwards” towards a global agreement on climate change at the Paris summit next year. “Climate change is a threat to our planet to our economy, to our way of life. B... Continue to article
Prime Minister David Cameron chairs an Extremism Taskforce meeting at 10 Downing Street and announces new funding to help the Charity Commission tackle abuse in the sector Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg delivers a speech on public sect... Continue to article
Ed Davey said the Government was considering whether to set up a not-for-profit energy switching site, after Ofgem accused some of the price comparison companies of hiding the best deals. “That’s something we’re looking at.” The Energ... Continue to article
Caroline Flint said there needed to be a discussion about setting up a "non-for profit" price comparison website. "All we’ve heard from this government in the last four years, and every speech Ed Davey makes he makes this point, is to te... Continue to article
Check against delivery Before I say anything else, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all Liberal Democrats when I say that our hearts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Alan Henning and David Haines for their tragic loss. ... Continue to article
The Liberal Democrats would legislate to ban coal-generated electricity by 2025 if in government after the next election, the Energy Secretary has said. Addressing the party conference in Glasgow, Ed Davey also announced "an extra one h... Continue to article
Ed Davey said the Lib Dems wanted to show people that they could “go green and have low energy bills” and that there was a lot of support for Nick Clegg at party conference, despite his poor poll ratings today. “It’s proving effective an... Continue to article
Jo Swinson speech to Liberal Democrat conference “The Ayes to the right 291, the Noes to the left 322.”… With those words the Lib Dem benches in the House of Commons erupted as we realised we had just defeated Tony Blair’s g... Continue to article
Words: Paul Waugh Photos: Paul Heartfield “You’ve got an awesome, kick-arse woman like Martha Lane Fox in there. And then you’ve got some of the oldest, most experienced politicians who you frankly last saw on Spitting... Continue to article
Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband campaigns in central Scotland and speaks on the economy, inequality and jobs Business Secretary Vince Cable speaks at the global cyber security innovation summit at the British Museum and announces ne... Continue to article
Ed Davey said that Scottish people "wanted to stay" in the United Kingdom, and they would "vote for change" if they vote No. "We argue passionately for the Union. Voting No is about democratic renewal. Our pledge for a radical transfer o... Continue to article
Ed Davey said that Britain was “leading in Europe” by pushing for the most ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reductions of any EU member state. “We have legislated for the world’s first ever low-carbon electricity market, so we are ... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron chairs an emergency COBR meeting on the UK's response to the situation in Iraq and Syria Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (15.40), natural environment minister Lord de Mauley (10.45) and shadow environment mi... Continue to article
Ed Davey said Baroness Warsi should have stayed in Government and argued for a “tougher stance” towards Israel. “I can certainly understand Baroness Warsi’s strong views on this. I do think the action taken by Israel is being disproporti... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband, Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers, culture secretary Sajid Javid, foreign secretary Philip Hammond, Northern Ireland minister Andrew Murris... Continue to article
The European Union should lead the fight on climate change and commit to a 40% cut in greenhouse gases by 2030, Ed Davey said.
The Energy Secretary has published the UK’s vision for an international agreement that will be secured in Paris next year.
The document says the commitments must be “credible and fair” to all nations, and warns that a failure to reach a deal will put the UK at risk.
Ed Davey has said it would be "reckless and unwise" for the UK to rule out joining the euro in the future. In an interview with the New Statesman magazine, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary said David Cameorn's veto of the new European fiscal union was nothing more than a "blip" and that the Coalition would eventually be remembered as more pro-European than Tony Blair's government.
Three more Lib Dem MPs have been secretly recorded by The Daily Telegraph criticising Coalition policies. Ed Davey and Steve Webb criticised child benefit cuts. Michael Moore said he did not want to work with Liam Fox for long.
It is vital that Europe implements a 30% cut in carbon emissions by 2020, Nick Clegg and Ed Davey have said. Writing in the Guardian, the Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Secretary insist that ambitious targets for reducing emissions will "help grow our low-carbon industries", ensuring Europe remains competitive as well as boosting the UK economy.
David Cameron was today accused by petrol retailers of "creating a crisis" out of the fuel strike today as a row broke out over Government advice to motorists to fill up their tanks.
Brian Madderson, the chairman of the Petrol Federation, told BBC Radio 4: "This Government appears intent on creating a crisis out of a serious concern, and we would have told them, had we been engaged ahead, that there are now 6,000 fewer forecourts than there were at the time of the last blockade in 2000.
The Unite union has agreed to talks with conciliation service Acas in order to try to prevent a strike by petrol tanker drivers.
Unite assistant general secretary Diana Holland said: “We welcome the prospect of exploratory talks and await a formal invitation from Acas. Unite has said all along that we want a negotiated settlement through meaningful talks.
The news came after Labour leader Ed Miliband earlier urged the Government to "do the responsible thing" and get oil firms and unions together to negotiate.
The Prime Minister and Francis Maude both advised the public to fill up their tanks with petrol to avoid shortages in the event of a strike.
Mr Maude said having "a bit of petrol in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take", but within minutes the Fire Brigades Union warned that it would be illegal and unsafe to keep a full jerry can in a garage. The Cabinet Office minister then denied he had offered specific advice on the issue.
Mr Cameron told a press conference that there was "absolutely no justification" for strike action planned by fuel tanker drivers but he was contradicted by the Retail Motor Industries Federation, which said stations had their lowest stocks ever due to financial strains.
Following a meeting of the COBRA committee this afternoon, a Downing Street spokesman said: "Ministers also agreed that motorists should continue to take sensible precautions to prepare for the impacts of a possible strike. There is no need to queue for petrol, but in the normal course of business, motorists should consider keeping their tanks topped up. But there is no shortage of fuel at present and forecourts are being replenished."
There was also rancour about Mr Maude's words on storing extra fuel, with the head of the Fire Brigades Union, Matt Wrack, saying it was "grossly irresponsible" and would put the public and firefighters in danger.
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