Climate change debate shows Lib Dems real commitment to Green issues - Robert Hardware

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Commenting on the news that the Liberal Democrats have secured Parliamentary time for a debate on climate change, Robert Hardware, the 21 year old Lib Dem candidate in the Sutton New Hall by-election said: "The Liberal Democrats care about the environment. We need to ensure that what we do on the planet does not so damage the world that future generations will not be able to live in safety. And time is running out fast."

"That is why I welcome the news that the Liberal Democrats in Parliament have secured time for a vital debate next Wednesday which will call for Parliament and Government to sign up to the 10:10 campaign and commit to achieving a 10% reduction in emissions by the end of 2010."

"I hope local MPs Andrew Mitchell and Sion Simon will vote for this action. The Lib Dems endorsed the 10:10 campaign at our recent federal conference and many Liberal Democrat run councils have shown the way. Now we are calling for the whole public sector to sign up. Once again, the Liberal Democrats are demonstrating leadership on the environment."

"Under this government there has been a shameful lack of action on climate change. Green taxes have gone down and the government are still pushing for environmentally disastrous new policies like Heathrow airport expansion, new nuclear and dirty coal power stations."

"I hope the other parties will put aside partisan differences on Wednesday and support the action proposed by the Lib Dems to reduce emissions and help save the planet. Leadership now is what Britain needs."

You can find out more about the 10:10 campaign to reduce emissions at