Saturday 25 September 2021 / 10:30 PM Ed Miliband

Labour pledges “to be the Party of climate justice and economic justice together” starting with ten-year investment to green the steel industry

Labour pledges “to be the Party of climate justice and economic justice together” starting with ten-year investment to green the steel industry

 

Ed Miliband will pledge in his speech at Labour Party conference on Sunday 26 September that Labour will be “the Party of climate justice and economic justice together”, setting out ambitious plans to support Britain’s manufacturers to “win the global race” to decarbonise.

 

In a major set-piece speech on Labour’s vision to tackle the climate crisis and inequality by backing Britain’s manufacturers, the Shadow Business Secretary will announce that Labour would invest up to £3bn over the coming decade to green the steel industry, working with steelmakers, to secure a proud future to match the proud past and present of Britain’s steel communities.

 

Whilst Governments around the world are committing to their domestic industries with long-term strategic investment in green steel production, the Conservatives have failed to invest in the transition, have attempted to weaken safeguards that protected our steelmakers from being undercut by cheap steel imports, and have splashed tens of millions on imported steel to build British schools and hospitals.

 

Labour’s plan to back the industry would support businesses, workers, and unions together to put UK steel at the heart of our national industrial strategy.

The Shadow Business Secretary will also describe the current gas prices crisis as a “disaster made in Downing Street” because of complacency and inaction from government, despite previous warnings of a risk of systemic failure in the energy market.

 

The announcements to boost industry and tackle the climate crisis go hand in hand with Labour’s plan to invest in electric battery factories, charging infrastructure, and interest free loans for low and middle income households to boost car manufacturing, create jobs, and make owning a zero-emission vehicle an option for all.

 

Miliband will also directly address those who worry that climate action could deepen the wounds of economic and social justice, and those who worry the country is not going far enough or fast enough on climate.

 

He will make clear the Party’s central mission is to avoid a repeat of the “unjust transition” of the 1980s, and rather to support Britain’s businesses to make the transition and grow, with no worker left out, making the country more equal, prosperous and just. He will argue that Labour has a historic responsibility to deliver this.

 

Miliband is expected to say:

 

“As we respond to the climate crisis with all the transformation that entails, we have a fateful choice to make:

 

We can try and put a green coat of paint on an unfair, unequal, unjust Britain.  

  

Or we can make a different choice  

  

For a green Britain where there is an irreversible shift of income, power and wealth to working people.  

  

A green Britain where we deliver good secure, unionised jobs for people across our country.   

 

A green Britain where there is clean air and green spaces for everyone everywhere in our country.  

  

A green Britain where there are warm affordable homes for all, wherever they live and where we end fuel poverty.  

  

I know what choice we need to make  

  

Britain needs a fairer economy.  

  

Britain needs a green industrial revolution  

  

Britain needs a green new deal  

  

This is the cause I came back to fight for.  

  

Our party cannot, will not, must not shirk the fight for climate justice.  

  

This then is our historic responsibility.  

  

To be the party of climate and economic justice together.” 

 

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