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‘Don’t go green and red at same time!’ Esther McVey clashes with ex-Labour MP over climate

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Esther McVey and Caroline Flint debate UK's green future

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Conservative MP Esther McVey has warned that the UK must not “go green and go red” and she debated the best way for the country to become energy efficient. The Tory MP clashed with former Labour MP Caroline Flint over Britain’s drive to reach net-zero emissions on GB News on Saturday.  “Your government have been in charge for the last 10 years – so maybe they could get a move on,” blasted Flint.

Ms McVey replied: “I have got solar panels, I have had a rain harvester.

“I am a preserver, conserver, I am a conservative so I believe in green issues.

“But what I would never want to do is bankrupt the country.

“We don’t go green and go red as a country at the same time and that is what we have to make sure we get right.”

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It came after Ms Flint called out the Conservative Government for not tackling energy-inefficient homes.

She said: “I campaigned in parliament for actually to get some fix on how the energy market was working, and finally David Cameron and Theresa May did something about it.

“But the fact is the cheapest energy is the energy we don’t use because it is disappearing out of our windows, our roofs, and our doors.

“Because there is not energy efficiency so the sooner the Government can crack on in making the homes we build and the homes we have more energy-efficient.

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“That’s the way we are going to save on the bills,” added the former Labour MP.

It comes as COP26 climate summit President Alok Sharma came under fire for jetting to more than 30 countries in seven months.

Former BBC presenter John Humphrys, wrote: “[…] has Mr Sharma and his team never heard of Zoom?

“Some of us (I’m one) would prefer root canal surgery to Zoom ‘meetings’ but it can’t be denied they work.

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“No, Mr Sharma has spent seven months jetting around the world ignoring the rules safe in the knowledge that they did not apply to him.”

“Even the most fuddy-duddy of our civil servants and banking bosses have discovered that during our endless lockdowns.”

Others have labelled the failure to obey Covid quarantine rules by Mr Sharma as “completely and utterly irresponsible.”

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardin told the BBC: “Again this Government is making up a rule to suit this Government and not other people.What about all the families who would love to be in the room for the Christening of a grandchild or the wedding of a relative across the world?

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