HS2, rewilding and climate crime: party leaders clash in first-ever climate debate

Leaders of the Greens, Labour, Scottish Nationalists, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru fought for the environmental high ground at the first ever televised electoral climate debate last night.

Both prime minister Boris Johnson and Brexit party leader Nigel Farage were invited to attend by Channel 4 but declined to turn up, their places taken by sculptures of melting ice.

The Conservatives’ proposal to field former environment secretary Michael Gove instead was rejected, sparking off a row about claimed political bias by the broadcaster and a complaint to media watchdog Ofcom. Channel 4 replied simply that it was a debate solely for party leaders and as such Gove did not qualify. Nevertheless, he attempted to gain entry anyway, accompanied by Johnson’s father Stanley.

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