Does the Conservative manifesto threaten access to environmental justice?

In what has been dubbed the ‘climate election’, many environmental campaigners have been pleasantly surprised by the seriousness with which all the main political parties are treating issues such as biodiversity and the low carbon transition.

However, one pledge tucked away in the Conservative Party manifesto has got some worried. The manifesto commits the party to making sure that judicial review, the main tool available to campaigners in domestic law to challenge environmentally damaging decisions, “is not abused to conduct politics by another means or to create needless delays”.

The manifesto states: “In our first year we will set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission that will examine these issues in depth, and come up with proposals to restore trust in our institutions and in how our democracy operates.

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