British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received support in the House of Commons as he mocked Jeremy Corbyn during Prime Minister’s Questions following his claim that the UK is failing in its efforts to meet targets to control climate change.
The Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn confronted the Prime Minister on former environmental adviser Claire O’Neill’s claim that Boris Johnson “doesn’t get climate change” and has failed to keep his promises on the issue.
Mr Jeremy Corbyn said: “This country isn’t meeting its targets and it isn’t due to meet its target. I think the Prime Minister should recognise that. Even the Paris targets are not enough. The UN says we have just a decade to change course if we want to avoid a climate catastrophe.”
After quoting the letter Ms O’Neill wrote to the Prime Minister on Tuesday, Mr Corbyn asked: “What on earth could she have been talking about?”
Boris Johnson was quick enough to turn the Labour leader’s comment all around.
He slammed, “Mr Speaker, as so often I’m not entirely sure what the Right Honourable Gentleman is talking about.
“Because if you look at what this Government has actually done and delivered, if you look at our Conservative policy of backing green tech, backing innovation and supporting a dynamic market economy which is the solution to these problems, we have cut CO2 emissions in this country since 2010 by 42 percent.
“That is an astonishing achievement and at the same time, the economy has grown by 73 percent thanks to free-market, dynamic, one-nation Conservatism.”
Although Claire O’Neill, who was sacked last week, claimed that Mr Johnson had admitted he does not really understand the scope of the climate issue and accused him of breaking promises.
The row overshadowed a climate crisis event at London’s Science Museum, attended by Sir David Attenborough, with Mr Johnson refusing to answer questions on the dispute with Mrs O’Neill.
She was fired out of the office as president of the COP26 UN summit, which is coming up in Glasgow in November, by the Prime Minister’s special adviser, Dominic Cummings.
Meanwhile, the former Tory Energy Minister, who quit Parliament at the election, said there had been a “huge lack of leadership” on climate change.
“The Prime Minister has made incredibly warm statements about this over the years. He also admitted to me that he doesn’t really understand it. He doesn’t really get it, I think is what he said. My advice to anybody to whom Boris is making promises – whether it is voters, world leaders, ministers, employees or indeed family members – is to get it in writing, get a lawyer to look at it and make sure the money is in the bank,” She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
Mrs O’Neill speech follows as the Government rolled out plans for the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles, including hybrids, to be brought forward by five years to 2035.
The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said that he looks forward to a time when every country will follow the UK’s footstep in setting credible targets to reach net-zero emissions.