Welsh Labour MP and Shadow Minister, Anna McMorrin slams Boris Johnson for failing to take climate change seriously as he arrives at G7 summit today by private jet.
In International Trade Questions earlier today (10th June), the Shadow Minister for Victims and Youth Justice and Cardiff North MP called out Boris Johnson’s climate credentials and hypocrisy of continuing to funnel billions of taxpayers’ money into dirty fossil fuel projects overseas, despite commitments to end them and for taking a private jet to Cornwall’s G7 summit where climate change will be top of the agenda.
In a question to Secretary of State for International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, Anna McMorrin said:
“Ahead of the G7 the Prime Minister has said that climate is his top priority. Yet the Department for Trade is still fuelling billions into fossil fuel projects overseas, including £3.5bn from UK Export Finance and dirty projects are still being considered, despite the promise to end them.”
“The Prime Minister himself flies into Cornwall on a private jet to talk climate. So how can this Government be expected to be taken seriously as a climate leader, on the biggest threat facing us, when it clearly doesn’t take this issue seriously itself?”
The Secretary of State’s response sparked concern as she maintained that the Government had “changed the rules to UK Export Finance to make sure it is solely focused on financing clean energy projects”, directly contradicting her own ministers’ responses to written Parliamentary Questions stating that they’re still considering gas and oil projects.
Ahead of questions in the House of Commons, Anna McMorrin retweeted Boris Johnson posing in front of his private jet, writing:
“He literally arrives on a private jet from London to Cornwall in an attempt to impress G7 with his climate credentials 🙄🙄#conair”
Until recently, Anna McMorrin held the role of Shadow Minister for International Development, leading on international climate justice for the Labour Party in the run up to the G7 summit and COP26 conference.