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Labour Leader Keir Starmer’s conference speech  – Friends of the Earth reaction

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***Friends of the Earth spokespeople are available for interview or briefing at Labour Party Conference***

With Labour Party Conference entering its final stretch, Keir Starmer addressed delegates in Liverpool today to set out his vision for the next Labour government if elected. Reacting, Mike Childs, head of policy at Friends of the Earth, said:

“Keir Starmer’s speech, along with much of what else we’ve heard at the conference, really marked a gear shift for Labour that sets them well apart from the Conservatives on how they’ll tackle the interlinked climate, energy and cost of living crises.

“From the leadership down, we’ve heard the party holding strong on honouring its commitment to invest £6bn on insulating the nation’s cold, heat-leaking homes, plans to massively ramp up the UK’s homegrown renewable power and long due recognition that we must go much further and faster on climate.

“New green infrastructure is clearly essential too, but it must not come at the cost of our natural world, nor the wishes of local communities. Addressing the nature crisis is just as important to our future wellbeing and prosperity as the climate emergency.”


For more information and interview requests contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 or email

Notes to editors:

1. Friends of the Earth spokespeople are available for interview or briefing at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.

2. About Friends of the Earth: 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: follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page. Save paper and send an e-card today, available at

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