‘Actively damaging policies’: Conservatives by far the worst on environment, finds NGO

The Labour Party has come out on top of an assessment of manifesto pledges to respond to the ecological and climate crisis, with the Conservatives bringing up the rear, according to research by Friends of the Earth.

The NGO, which describes itself as a politically impartial organisation, allocated one point to each party where it pledged to tackle the causes of problems such as climate change, the decline in nature and air pollution. 

Looking across promises to improve the environmental performance of transport, aviation, food and energy as well as empowering and funding councils so that they can tackle the climate emergency through their planning duties, Friends of the Earth scored each party out of a total possible 45 points. 

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