Saturday, March 28, 2020

Rebecca Long-Bailey pledges ‘climate justice fund’ paid by fossil fuel firms

Companies would pay for damages caused by extreme weather such as floods

Long-Bailey is one of the three contestants in the Labour leadership race.
Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty

Fossil fuel companies must pay for the damage caused by extreme weather due to the climate emergency such as the floods devastating parts of England, the Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey has said.

Long-Bailey, the most leftwing candidate in the contest, said she was calling for a “climate justice fund” to support affected households and communities, paid for by a windfall tax on oil and gas companies “responsible for knowingly heating our planet to dangerous levels”. This would include help towards affordable insurance for those suffering from repeated flooding, she said.

The leadership candidate made the pledge on a visit to the flood-hit Upper Calder Valley on Monday, as voting opened in the three-way contest between Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy.

Starmer appears to be the frontrunner among party members, with the support of 374 local parties, compared with 164 for Long-Bailey and 72 for Nandy.


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