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One third of parliamentary candidates pledge to make the climate a deal-breaker if elected

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Over 1,000 prospective parliamentary candidates (1,031 as of 05/12/19) out of 3,006 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken a Friends of the Earth pledge to make the climate crisis a deal-breaker in how they would vote in parliament if elected.

The pledges have been collected by Friends of the Earth – which has been asking its supporters and the public to contact candidates to take the pledge – and released today* (5th December) as part of its campaign for all candidates to make the climate crisis central to how they vote in parliament, and to support measures to rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions, if elected.

The public can use Friends of the Earth’s postcode look-up tool to see see who’s standing for election in their constituency and whether they’ve taken the pledge here

Breakdown of pledges by party:

PartyCandidates pledging (number)Candidates pledging (%)
Green Party337 of 47471%
Liberal Democrats284 of 54851%
Labour Party265 of 57146%
Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales13 of 3636%
The Brexit Party13 of 2585%
Conservative and Unionist Party16 of 5723%
Other parties and independents103 of 54719%

Muna Suleiman, campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:

“The public wants climate action and it’s encouraging to see so many parliamentary candidates paying attention, but we need them all to take the climate crisis seriously. We’re calling on all parliamentary candidates to make the climate crisis a deal breaker in how they would vote in parliament, if elected.

“The climate crisis is having dire impacts around the world, including on communities right here in the UK who are facing extreme flooding, heatwaves, wildfires and more. This will only get worse if the next government doesn’t step up to stop further climate breakdown. It’s time for decision-makers to show proper climate leadership and put in place the clear and achievable solutions to build a greener, fairer world.”

The pledge, which is available online for any parliamentary candidate to take, reads as below.

If elected, I pledge to:

  • Make the climate crisis a deal-breaker in how I vote in parliament.
  • Vote to support measures that help us rapidly cut greenhouse gas emissions and build a fairer and greener society.

ENDS

For more information contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 / 07718 394786 (out of hours – please do not text this number) or by emailing media@foe.co.uk.

Notes to editors

  1. *Numbers accurate as of 05/12/2019. There is still time for candidates to add their name to the pledge. The online version of the data syncs every 15 minutes to reflect further pledges and can be viewed here
  2. See who’s standing for election in your area and whether they’ve taken the pledge here
  3. Friends of the Earth only asked candidates in England, Wales & Northern Ireland. Friends of the Earth Scotland is a seperate organisation so parties such as the Scottish National Party (SNP) are not included in the data.
  4. Friends of the Earth supporters, and other members of the public have been able to email all candidates for whom there is a publicly available email address. Data has been collated by Democracy Club.
  5. Friends of the Earth is independent of all political parties and does not endorse or favour any particular party. We are calling on all political parties to adopt these policies in their manifestos and will hold them to account for any promises made following the election.
  6. Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit: friendsoftheearth.uk follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page.

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