UK Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer reiterated today that he wants to turn the UK into a ‘clean energy superpower’ as he unveiled five missions to underpin growth and opportunities.
In a lengthy speech today, Starmer said the missions will form the backbone of Labour’s manifesto and be ‘measurable’ to track progress. A recurrent message was planning for the long term and ‘fixing the fundamentals’ to avoid the challenges of the ‘here and now’.
“We go round and round in circles with sticking plaster politics,” he said. “With energy, freezing the bills this year – you’ll come back and say ‘are you going to freeze them next year and the year after?’ The answer is we do have to do that, but we need a better answer for energy security and bills in future – and that’s why running towards renewables, and having clean energy by 2030 is so important.”
On the thorny issue of funding, he said, “Where we put money in, we will have it fully costed and set that out. If we work in this way, it will be a catalyst for unlocking private sector money – it isn’t all about how much money from the Treasury is needed to make these missions work but how can we create conditions for public and private sectors to work together. Reform has to be part of the answer.”
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