"Exclusive: Conservative leadership candidate sets out her views on climate change and the environment"
"Penny Mordaunt has told Conservative critics of net zero that “environmentalism and conservatism go hand in hand” as she vowed to create “millions of green jobs” if elected leader.
The MP for Portsmouth North is the only Tory leadership candidate so far to properly set out views on climate change and the environment.
She made the intervention after a fierce debate over climate targets in her party, with two of the remaining contenders, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat, critical of domestic carbon reduction pledges. Alok Sharma, the Cop26 president, told the Observer he could resign if the next leader was lukewarm on the environment.
On Monday, Sharma will grill the five remaining candidates on green matters, giving each 15 minutes to speak about what they would do for the environment if elected leader."
Helena Horton reports for the Guardian July 17, 2022.
"Tory Leadership Race: Where Do Candidates Stand On Net Zero Goal?" (BBC News)