COP26: Can the government bring its climate conference preparations back on track?

It has been a tumultuous few weeks for the team preparing this year’s UN climate summit in Glasgow.

After being abruptly dismissed as COP26 president, former energy minister Claire O’Neill publicly criticised Downing Street’s commitment to the talks, saying the process was in “disarray”.

The preparations have also been marred by reports of tensions between the UK and Scottish governments over the cost of policing and venue bookings, with O’Neill indicating officials in Whitehall have been exploring the feasibility of moving the entire conference down to London’s ExCeL centre.

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