May elections result in green policy changes

The environment took a back seat in the recent elections, but Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland now look set to deliver major policy changes. 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 major environmental initiatives. The party won 22 new seats, raising its total to 69 in the 129-seat Holyrood chamber. It previously ran a minority administration, informally supported by the Scottish Greens, which retained its two seats.

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