Local Lib Dem MP Norman Baker has written to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, calling for a Climate Change Bill, which sets annual targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, to be included in the Queen's Speech this November.
The call follows a motion co-sponsored by the local MP which has now received cross party support from 380 MPs, making it the second most successful motion in this Parliament. The motion calls for annual CO2 reduction targets of 3%, regular progress reports to Parliament and mechanisms to be put in place to address problems in meeting those targets.
The motion, which accompanies a Friends of the Earth campaign called "The Big Ask", has also attracted massive support from local people. The local MP has received hundreds of letters and postcards from constituents demanding that the government take more action to tackle climate change.
Commenting on the motion, Norman Baker said:
"I am delighted that so many MPs are backing the Early Day Motion that I co-sponsored and even more delighted about the constantly increasing level of cross-party agreement when it comes to the urgent need to tackle climate change, something I have championed in Parliament.
"Climate change really is the biggest threat facing us all today and it is a threat that we can only tackle by working together. What we desperately need now is government leadership on the issue. We can all do our bit, and that is important, but that will not be enough without strong government action to cut emissions. That means tough, enforceable targets, backed up by an independent body to monitor progress."
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