Leeds is the second largest local authority in Britain. There are 342,150 households in the city – and on average, every one of them produces 590kg of household waste per year. That’s the equivalent weight of 6 baby elephants! So waste disposal and recycling are major tasks – and major achievements, in the teeth of … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council – helping you recycle your baby elephants, download the tool now
Leeds Labour Council took a step forward this week in its efforts to improve air quality in the city. It had already been agreed that the council would work with partners to build and run what could be the country’s biggest compressed natural gas filling station, with a view to also converting the Council’s bin … Continue reading Labour, Delivering for a Cleaner, Greener Leeds – vote of confidence in Council’s plans to improve air quality
Today Jeremy Corbyn gave a keynote speech to the Fabian Society’s New Year Conference. In it he attacked the Tories view of fairness, and defended a Labour history in which the party has created the very basis of a fair society – now under Tory threat, including in their gerrymandering of the very democratic process … Continue reading A more equal society not only fairer, but more economically stable & better at wealth creation: Jeremy Corbyn’s speech today
Ahead of Osborne’s autumn statement, John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, has made a major speech setting out Labour’s priorities on the economy. At its heart is major investment in scientific, technological and skills infrastructure and a new contract for the workforce - including the new self-employed workforce. ‘Labour in government will bring together business, unions, … Continue reading Socialism with an iPad – John McDonnell’s major speech on the economy
At a meeting of full Council, last week Councillor Richard Lewis put forward strong objections to the government’s process to award exploration licenses for fracking in large areas of South and East Leeds. Following this impassioned call, supported by Councillor Karen Renshaw (Labour, Ardsley and Robin Hood) and David Nagle (Labour, Rothwell), Council voted to … Continue reading Leeds Labour Council sends a clear message against fracking in Leeds – but are Tories listening?
David Cameron may be a husky-hugger – but he’s no green PM. Since they achieved a whisker-thin majority in May, he and Osborne have set their course firmly against green and renewable energy – in spite of the fact that such energy generation represents not only a green alternative, but also an important ‘sun-rise’ industry. … Continue reading Bad for the planet – and for jobs in Leeds: Tories’ moves on energy feed-in tariffs dismay Labour’s Richard Lewis
Very bad news this morning - plans to convert the Yorkshire-based Drax power plant into Europe's first carbon capture and storage project have been scrapped. The reason - uncertainty created by the Tories' withdrawal from commitment to renewables, and their general U-turn on the Green agenda. As we've reported before, the European Commission last year … Continue reading Tories’ reversals on renewable energy risk Yorkshire’s hopes of leading on ground-breaking technology
Last week the Government announced that it would provide no new funding for the Green Deal Finance Company. The Government is also ending funding for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. They’ve been scrapped because of low take-up. No replacements have been announced. This means loans and financial support for many homeowners and landlords will … Continue reading Scrapping Green Deal funding leaves Leeds householders in limbo. Tories aren’t hugging huskies any more.
A 25-year plan for the recovery of Nature with clear 5 year milestones - Climate Change centre stage - Investment in the Green economy – with 1 million high productivity Green jobs - Marine Protection - The green agenda requires long-term thinking and planning. Labour’s Green Plan – announced yesterday – shows that we are … Continue reading From the people who brought you National Parks and Right to Roam – Labour’s Green plans [not forgetting the animals]
Leeds Labour Council has met – and more than met – its Green targets. - and its success has been recognized in national rankings, where it came fourth for Energy Efficiency. Those Green targets include recycling, where the council has chalked up real success. - recycling has been expanded and improved right across the city … Continue reading Labour’s plans to build on its green achievements in Leeds – and some interesting ‘Green’ comparisons.