Update - 14 September 2015
On Saturday, Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of
the Labour party, winning 59.5% of the vote.
Today, he appointed Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, as
shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change. She
has previously served as shadow charities minister, and has been
tipped to be a
possible future leader of the Labour
In the past, Nandy has
campaigned against profiteering by the Big
Six energy companies and
said that shale gas is "not the magic bullet
the Coalition claims".
Corbyn has also appointed Kerry McCarthy as
shadow secretary of state for environment. McCarthy is MP for
written a Fabian essay on climate change
campaigning, in which she says: "Securing a global climate deal in
Paris in December 2015 will be one of the most pressing and
immediate challenges facing the next government." She has
regularly brought up the subject of climate
change in Parliament.
Labour leadership election grid summarises
the views of Jeremy Corbyn, and the other candidates, on climate
and energy issues.
Corbyn's views, taken mainly from his
"Protecting our Planet" election manifesto,
are likely to inform opposition policies over the coming
The UK's Labour party will soon choose a new leader,
following the resignation of Ed Miliband after May's election.
As former climate and energy secretary, Miliband had
long been engaged on issues of emissions reductions, energy
efficiency and the UN climate negotiations.
The leadership contest is between four candidates:
Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall - none
of whom have held a climate-related position in government to
Carbon Brief has created a grid, distilling the candidates' thoughts
on key climate policy issues.
Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has released a detailed
manifesto of his climate and energy policies. Andy Burnham
has also released a formal
manifesto, which briefly touches on the environment.
We have also collected climate- and energy-related
statements from the candidates' speeches, blogs, newspaper
articles, interviews and essays.
The Labour Leadership Grid. Visit our Google doc for the
full, interactive version.
What do they think?
Each candidate has acknowledged that climate change is
a key threat that must be tackled.
That is not to say they always agree on how the
problem should be approached.
Perhaps the most widely reported climate angle of the
leadership campaign has been left-winger Jeremy Corbyn's suggestion
that he could reopen coal mines in South Wales. Both Liz Kendall
and Yvette Cooper have explicitly rejected this, preferring instead
to focus on creating jobs in the technology sector - in Cooper's
case, this could include clean coal technology.