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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Greens call on Cameron to sack Owen Paterson

The Green Party has repeated calls made earlier this year for Prime Minister David Cameron to sack Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, this is because of what they say is his failure to take the threat of climate change seriously and take action to protect Britain against it.

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett said: "Mr Paterson's failures have again been exposed this morning, with a warning from the Committee on Climate Change that three-quarters of the UK’s flood defences are being inadequately maintained due to budget cuts, and the exposure by the Independent newspaper of the fact that he declined an offer of an important briefing from the Met Office in advance of last September's report from the UN Panel on Climate Change."

Ms Bennett added: "To have an Environment Secretary who denies the reality of climate change, and refuses to take urgent, essential action to protect the residents of Britain against it, is a gross failure on Mr Cameron's part. With talk now of a reshuffle, this is an opportunity for the Prime Minister to finally remove this barrier to effective planning and action on climate change in Britain."