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Environmental Politics

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

Sam Hall: "There can be economic value in setting high standards.” Photograph: Julian Dodd

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?... Read more

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Queen’s Speech: 9 things you need to know

The imperial state crown arriving in parliament prior to the Queen's Speech. Image: UK Parliament / Flickr

The new government presented its legislative plans on Thursday, including post-Brexit environmental laws and new investment in low-carbon research and infrastructure. Here’s what you need to know

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Environmental Politics

Labour unveils shadow DEFRA team

Shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard has unveiled Labour’s environment team for the new parliamentary session

Environmental Politics

Environment minister Zac Goldsmith takes up House of Lords seat

Former Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has become a peer in the House of Lords and will continue his ministerial work at DEFRA and the Department for International Development

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Environmental non-regression clause absent from Withdrawal Agreement Bill

The government has gone back on its pledge to introduce a non-regression clause for environmental standards in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which the House of Commons will vote on this afternoon

Environmental Politics

Queen’s Speech: Government pledges return of Environment Bill

The new government will go ahead with plans to introduce an environmental watchdog and binding targets on issues such as air pollution, as well as following through on a controversial pledge to examine reforming judicial review, today’s Queen’s Speech confirms

Environmental Politics

Goldsmith in line for peerage to keep ministerial role, reports say

Former environment minister Zac Goldsmith, who lost his west London seat in the general election, is in line for a peerage, in a move which could see him keep his place in the cabinet, according to reports


Environmental Politics

Will Boris Johnson ditch EU green rules after Brexit?

Photo caption: "The new government plans to drop a non-regression provision for labour rights. Photograph: Matt Dunham/Getty Images"

With a large majority, the new Conservative government is moving full steam ahead with its plans for a hard Brexit. But does it plan to turn the UK into a ‘Singapore-on-Thames’ in the process? Simon Pickstone investigates

Brexit Hub Environmental Politics

Tory election triumph: What’s next for environmental policy?

Following the Conservatives’ election victory, industry and green groups have turned their attention to when the government will bring back to the House of Commons its flagship pieces of environmental legislation required for when the UK leaves the EU

Access to justice

Does the Conservative manifesto threaten access to environmental justice?

Mainstream parties may have impressed green groups with their environmental pledges, but some are worried about a Conservative Party promise to look at reforming judicial review. Simon Pickstone investigates

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Environmental Politics

How is the Conservative Party grappling with net zero?

Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The government wants to lead the world on climate action and attract younger voters, but competing forces within the party will not make the transition a simple one. Simon Pickstone reports

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

Could a Trump-style rollback of green rules happen here?

US president Donald Trump

Since taking office, the US president has taken a chainsaw to environmental regulations. With parts of Boris Johnson’s cabinet keen to pursue a deregulatory agenda, is there a danger the UK could follow Trump’s lead after Brexit?