May election results mean green policy changes

The environment took a back seat in the recent elections, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland now look set to deliver significant changes in policy. In England, the Green Party took control of its first council.

Most party manifestos gave green issues little space in the run up to the May elections for the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

But the return of a strengthened Scottish National Party (SNP) to power promises significant environmental initiatives. The party won 22 new seats, raising their total to 69 of the 129-seat Holyrood chamber. It previously ran a minority administration, informally supported by the Scottish Greens, who retained their two seats in Holyrood.

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