• Consultants Take Billions From Foreign Aid Budget

    • Date: 08/12/16
    • Alexi Mostrous and Billy Kenber, The Times

    Consultancy companies earning billions of pounds from overseas aid will be forced to reveal their salaries and fees after an investigation by The Times exposed overcharging across the sector. Priti Patel, the international development secretary, is to review all foreign aid contracts after an unprecedented analysis of more than 70,000 financial transactions revealed that consultancy spending had […]

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  • UK Culls Two Thirds Of London’s Climate Diplomats

    • Date: 07/12/16
    • Adam Vaughan, The Guardian

    The UK has cut the number of Foreign Office staff working on climate change, despite ministers arguing the issue should be a top foreign policy priority. The Liberal Democrats said it was “appalling” and sent “the wrong signals” to the world, after a minister revealed the figures in a recent parliamentary answer. Experts said that […]

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  • City Of York Brands Anti-Fracking Campaigners As ‘Extreme Risk’

    • Date: 06/12/16
    • Minster FM News

    Anti-fracking campaigners in York and Ryedale have reacted with shock that authorities have included anti-fracking campaigners alongside ISIL as requiring monitoring and intervention as part of the Governments schools PREVENT strategy to tackle terrorism and what they term “domestic extremism”. City of York council working with the North Yorkshire police force have used the strategy […]

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  • Britain Forced to Subsidise Gas Power Plants To Keep Lights On

    • Date: 04/12/16
    • Emily Gosden, The Sunday Telegraph

    As a result of Britain’s energy policies, building new gas-fired power plants is no longer economic. Now, the Government has to subsidise gas investors to keep the lights on. Four years ago this week, the Government unveiled plans for a bold new dash for gas. New gas-fired power stations, then-energy secretary Ed Davey said, would be […]

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  • Winter Power Crunch Fears As UK-France Energy Cables Are Severed During Storm

    • Date: 29/11/16
    • Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph

    Britain’s main power link to France was partially severed during Storm Angus and will not be fixed until February, National Grid has revealed, exacerbating fears of a power crunch this winter. The Interconnexion France-Angleterre (IFA) link between Folkestone and Calais is Britain’s biggest interconnector, allowing it to import up to 2 gigawatts of power from the continent to help […]

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  • Dear Mr Corbyn: Revise Labour’s Ban on Fracking

    • Date: 29/11/16
    • Vincent Booth

    Dear Mr Corbyn With regard to the Labour Party ban on fracking in the UK. As you know, at the Party Conference in September 2016, it was announced that the next Labour government will ban fracking in the UK. Also that you have stated, ” I will commit to generating 65% of Britain’s electricity from […]

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  • Green Blob Throws Spanner Into Government Plans To Expands Heathrow Airport

    • Date: 25/11/16
    • London Evening Standard

    The third runway planned for Heathrow may breach the Government’s own climate change laws if other sectors do not make big cuts to emissions, an independent advisory body has warned. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said it had “concerns” over how the Department for Transport presented its case for expanding the hub in relation to greenhouse gas emissions. […]

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  • Communities Near Fracking Sites Get Say In How To Spend £1bn Shale Fund

    • Date: 24/11/16
    • Francesca Washtell, City A.M.

    Communities close to fracking projects will definitely get a say in how to spend up to £1bn funelled to them through the Shale Wealth Fund, the government confirmed today. “Following a consultation to ensure local communities share in the benefits of shale production, the Shale Wealth Fund will provide up to £1bn of additional resources […]

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