Barry Gardiner

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Barry criticises Tory cuts to climate change staff

In response to the Government's admission that the number of Foreign Office staff working full-time on climate change has halved since September 2015 to just eight, Barry Gardiner, shadow international climate change minister said:

“The UK’s climate diplomacy expertise has been a real asset to responsible British foreign policy. Now we have a foreign secretary who’s made sceptical comments about whether climate change is happening, and who has claimed it is against the national interest to raise concerns about Trump’s climate denial.

“Halving the amount of staff in London who work on climate change within a year, combined with uncertainty over the future of the Foreign Office’s Special Representative for Climate Change, is reckless behaviour which undermines not only the national interest, but the global imperative to avoid dangerous climate change.”

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