PM 'committed' to United Nations climate summit in Glasgow despite London fallback option

James Marshall
February 13, 2020

He takes over from Claire O'Neill, who was sacked as COP president two weeks ago.

Sharma has not previously served in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), having been Secretary of State for International Development since July 2019.

Alok Sharma, appointed business minister and head of November's COP26 climate change summit on Thursday, has held several ministerial posts and is seen as a loyal supporter of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"If he insists on playing politics it will be on him, not me", she said.

"I'm particulary proud of my work in BEIS on net zero and the #CountDowntoCOP and on making the United Kingdom the best place in the world to work and grow a business", she wrote, adding she will continue from the back benches to work to ensure "everyone is treated with dignity and respect".

However, Green party MP Caroline Lucas said Sharma had voted 15 times in parliament against measures to tackle what she called the climate emergency.

- Sharma, 52, was born in India, moving to Reading in southern England when he was five years old.

Sharma held a variety of junior government positions before being given the global aid brief when Johnson took office in July a year ago.

The Prime Minister's press secretary said: "We are committed to holding COP26 in Glasgow but the Scottish Government need to work with us to make sure this is a successful summit which showcases the United Kingdom as a world leader in tackling climate changes and represents value for the United Kingdom taxpayer".

The summit plans have also been hit by tensions between London and the devolved Scottish government in Edinburgh led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who is pressing for a new independence referendum.

Boris Johnson remains committed to hosting a major United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Downing Street said as it emerged a London venue is being lined up as a fallback option.

SCOTTISH politicians are demanding the British government goes ahead with a crucial UN Climate Summit in Glasgow over fears it will be moved to London.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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