Aldous backs green jobs in Commons vote

Waveney MP Peter Aldous last week voted against the Government to support renewable energy jobs across Waveney by backing a move to clean up UK power.

Aldous was one of 8 Conservative MPs who voted for an amendment to the Energy Bill, currently in Parliament, that would set the Government a legal target to remove carbon emissions from the UK’s power supply almost entirely by 2030.

Businesses argue the move would reassure companies looking to make long-term investments that could bring new jobs to Waveney.

267 MPs voted for the proposal. 8 Conservatives and 16 Liberal Democrat backbenchers defied the Government, and the Labour Party, the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the DUP and the Green Party also voted in favour. The vote was lost by just 23 votes: the biggest MP rebellion on a whipped vote since tuition fees.

Lord Alan Sugar, from TV’s The Apprentice and a member of the House of Lords, warned on Monday that unless the Government commits to clean power the UK risks losing business and jobs abroad. Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden said on Monday that it was a fantastic opportunity to revive British manufacturing and boost growth.

A clean power target is expected to be a key issue when the Bill is debated in the House of Lords later this month.

Peter said:

“It was difficult for me to vote against the Government but my responsibility is to Waveney constituents and I believe I voted in their interests. Jobs are critical for future growth, which will always be my number one priority in Parliament.”

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