Environment sector hopeful in wake of Tory landslide victory

The environment sector has reacted with cautious optimism over the Conservative Party’s landslide general election victory, with many noting that the election was the first to put the environment at the centre of all major parties’ manifestos.

The Tories swept aside Labour in traditional red seats in the Midlands, north-east England and Wales, giving them a majority of 78, with one seat yet to declare. It is the largest Conservative commons majority since Margaret Thatcher won a third term in 1987.

Julie Hirigoyen, chief executive at UKGBC said the election may well be looked back on “as the first UK election that had the climate crisis at its heart. 

“No longer the preserve of a single party or associated with any one shade of the political spectrum, we know that voters of all political persuasions care about tackling climate change, and every single manifesto had climate promises in response,” she said.

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