Figures released by The Guardian have revealed that both Tory MPs for Milton Keynes have an abysmal record for voting in favour of climate change action.
MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, has voted failed to support actions which would improve the country’s record on climate change in 82% of instances and Mark Lancaster, MP for Milton Keynes North, has failed to support 69% of those votes.
The report says that Iain Stewart was present for 11 votes in the House of Commons that would have directly improved the UK’s approach to climate change but did not vote in favour of them on 9 occasions.
Mark Lancaster on the other hand was present for 13 of the votes and also failed to support 9 of the votes.
The Guardian has also revealed damning information that Iain Stewart has received donations from organisations with fossil fuel interests.
The Guardian reads: “Iain Stewart received a donation with a value of £5,000 from Offshore Group Newcastle, which makes platforms for oil, gas and wind energy companies. He also received an expenses-paid trip to France worth £1,138 in 2017, paid for by London City airport and Airbus.”
This revealing report comes only months after the UK Government declared a climate emergency and proves that Milton Keynes’ Tory MPs are not standing up for climate issues in the House of Commons.
Hannah O’Neill, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, said: “’It is a real shame we have an MP in Milton Keynes South who can talk the talk but definitely not walk the walk. Just this week Iain Stewart put a leaflet through people’s doors praising the work he claims to have done towards climate change but this new information shows us it couldn’t be further from the truth.”
She added: “We need real actions if we want to make a difference to this climate crisis. A Labour government will take the action required and I can commit to never accepting donations from organisations that could jeopardise my ability to make objective decisions in Westminster and I will work with our Labour-run Council to ensure Milton Keynes is the greenest city.”
Charlynne Pullen, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes North, said: “Our current Tory MP is happy to vote against measures that address the climate emergency. In particular, in 2011 he voted against a measure to bring forward a date for landlords to make their rental properties energy efficient. That means people in MK North renting homes would have been shelling out more on their energy bills between 2016 and 2018 because landlords could delay measures to make rented homes energy efficient.”
She added: “Tories like Mark Lancaster voted to let landlords off the hook, increase energy costs for renters, and fail to tackle the climate emergency. Labour MPs voted to bring the energy efficient homes measure forward to January 2016, and only last month our conference voted for a Green New Deal. Milton Keynes, as a pioneer in recycling and supporting electric vehicles, with redways for cyclists all over the city, deserves Labour MPs that will deliver a green industrial revolution and properly tackle the climate emergency.”