HOW PRIME MINISTERIAL CONTENDERS MICHAEL GOVE AND THERESA MAY HAVE VOTED ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Two contenders for the chalice of prime ministership have now emerged from the political descent into chaos following the Brexit win which none of the geniuses in government seem to have anticipated, Michael Gove and Theresa May.

Environmentalists can take a look at their (lacklustre) track records on environmental issues assembled by They Work for You here, Michael Gove first: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/11858/michael_gove/surrey_heath/votes#environment

Mr Gove has been absent from many votes on environmental issues, but when in the voting lobbies has generally voted against measures to prevent climate change, and on other issues has generally voted against the environment (for selling off the woodlands, killing the badgers). He voted for and against financial incentives for low carbon emission electricity generation methods. He did not turn up to vote on the Climate Change Bill of 2008. (I do not understand how this works, maybe he was “paired”)

Theresa May’s voting record can be seen here: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10426/theresa_may/maidenhead/votes#environment

Mrs May generally voted against measures to prevent climate change, and against greater environmental regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to extract shale gas. She too wished to sell off the woodlands and kill the badgers. She has missed a great many environmental votes anyway, but she did vote for the Climate Change Bill in 2008.

The environment is clearly not a priority for either of them.

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