A summary of the Environmental Crisis Hustings by Cécile Degiovanni
Last Thursday, the General Election candidates for Oxford East gathered to declare their plans for tackling the climate and ecological emergency if elected to parliament. They faced questions from the audience which we have summarised in a table for ease of comparison! We hope its a useful tool in helping you to vote for the party that carries out the climate action you think would be most effective in tackling the crisis.
Broadly speaking the Conservative candidate emphasised the role of technology and innovation rather than regulation which might be perceived as "Punishing" certain sections of society. The Green party is in favour of the highest level of financial investment in tackling the crisis whilst the Lib Dem candidate presented his party as the one that balanced idealism and pragmatism. The Labour party argued that a Conservative government would render net-zero targets impossible and therefore presented voting Labour, in order to keep the Conservatives out of power as the only viable means of fulfilling these targets.
Here are the opening statements of the candidates followed by the table with questions from the audience:
Main features of the speakers’ positions
Suzanne Bartington, Conservative, representing Louise Staite:
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