... But want to highlight campaign standing up for young people & BTECs - colleges in #Brighton & #Hove point to the success of BTECs & worry that removing funding for the majority of BTEC qualifications would be a serious and harmful mistake not least because disadvantaged
Jan 10 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
Slightly technical thread on why I’m opposing #Nuclear Energy Financing bill - a comparison with US shows why it’s a costly disaster for all of us 👇
In US, as in UK, high cost of building nuclear plants & introduction of competition into the provision of electric generation brought an end to any possibility that new nuclear could be built without government intervention
New legislation announced could be make or break for climate, nature and communities across the UK
Here are my #FiveToThrive Bills for a fairer, greener future 🧵👇
A #GreenNewDeal with the scale and ambition of @POTUS plan to upgrade America would:
✅Create millions of good green jobs across the UK
🏡 Improve everyday life
🌍Set us on a path to a greener, fairer future @labourlewis and I have a #GreenNewDeal bill that's ready to go
Dec 19, 2018 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
The Government has today released long-awaited draft of new Environment Bill. 💚🌍📜 This is welcome 👏 - but I see a number of alarming sections. 🤔🚨 A thread. 1/6
1⃣ The environmental principles currently guaranteed under 🇪🇺 law *must* carry the same legal weight as they do now. Draft clauses says Gov't should "have regard to" but we know that leaves too much wiggle room. This must change. 2/6
Dec 5, 2018 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
There seem to me to be three key paragraphs in the Attorney General's legal advice to the Prime Minister on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland - the 'backstop - in the Withdrawal Agreement.
Here they are. 1/4
Para 16: The Protocol will "endure indefinitely".
Para 30: The review mechanism does not provide a unilateral route out of the backstop. 2/4
Oct 29, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Sometimes on days like this when everyone's scrapping around to get heard on the budget it's worth remembering some simple facts.
This is a bit of a thread. #Budget2018
We live in one of the richest nations on earth yet we fail to provide everyone with a roof over their head.
Parents need food banks to put dinner on the table. Most of those parents have a job. #Budget2018
Oct 8, 2018 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
#IPCC report says limiting warming to 1.5 degrees will require an industrial transition unprecedented in scale - but that it’s possible, if the political will is there - and that the wider opportunities and benefits are huge
So here are a few ideas for our own Government ... 1/6
Advice to Government:
Save money and carbon by stopping actively damaging projects like fracking, airport expansion, HS2, new nuclear, road expansion - and spend it on creating hundreds of thousands of jobs through a rapid expansion of renewables #IPCC 2/6
Nov 7, 2017 • 9 tweets • 1 min read
Boris Johnson - the story: 1) Calls Commonwealth citizens "flag-waving piccaninnies"
2) Describes people from Congo having "watermelon smiles”