Interview: Sam Hall on how his Conservative Environment Network can influence parliament

Former special adviser Sam Hall heads a network of Conservative backbenchers committed to environmental action, which could wield significant influence over the development of green laws in this parliament. But can he find consensus?

Following last year’s general election triumph, the Conservative Party’s current cohort of MPs is bigger than at any point since the 1980s. But are they greener? 

One indicator that the party’s support for environmental action is growing is the expansion of the Conservative Environment Network (CEN), an organisation describing itself as a forum for Tories who support conservation and decarbonisation. Its parliamentary ‘caucus’ of backbench MPs saw a rise in membership from around 40 before the party’s landslide victory in December’s general election to 72.

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