Conservatives Come Out Tops In UK Election

credit Brett Jordan Flickr.comThe Conservative Party has secured an overall majority in what can only be described as a historic election, resulting in the subsequent demise of three other party leaders – Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have each announced their resignations.

In his speech on the steps of Downing Street, David Cameron promised to restore the Conservative party’s one-nation credentials and recommitted himself to holding an in-out European Union referendum by 2017.

He added: “I want my party, and I hope a government I would like to lead, to reclaim a mantle that we should never have lost – the mantle of one nation, one United Kingdom.”

As he went on, Mr Cameron promised to rebalance the economic recovery and give the poorest people the chance of training for a job and hope for the future.

But what of the international fight to combat global warming? In the past Mr Cameron has claimed “Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. It is not just a threat to the environment, but also to our national and global security, to poverty eradication and economic prosperity.”

He has been criticised, however, for being inconsistent on green issues and for looking to scrap subsidies for new onshore wind farms, the cheapest form of low-carbon energy. The party may redeem some green credentials with its view on the natural environment, with plans to create huge marine protection zones around the UK’s overseas territories, plus its pledge to plant 11m trees and to charge 5p for carrier bags.

On the energy efficiency front, the Tories have pledged to support ‘low-cost’ measures with the goal of insulating a million more homes over the next five years, as well as promising new renewable technologies and research, with significant support being reserved for those that ‘clearly represent’ value for money.
One particularly promising area is that the Conservatives will ‘continue to do even more to tackle air pollution’ through investment in zero emission vehicles and encouraging safer cycling. With indoor air quality and energy efficiency subjects close to ECEX’s hearts, we hope that environmental issues stay firmly on the agenda over the next five years.

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