climate change and the UK election

12 April 2005
As Britain gears up for a general election on 5 May, the Green Party is the latest to unveil their manifesto. The Greens put climate change at the top of their agenda, in contrast to the three biggest political parties, which hardly mention climate change:

Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have each has produced a list of the areas they feel will invigorate an increasingly apathetic electorate and, despite the growing awareness and concern over environmental issues, and the numerous national headlines that climate change and global warming have produced, not one of them has seen fit to make this a key election battleground".

Of the seven policy areas highlighted by the Conservatives, the six pledges made by Labour and the 'Ten Reasons to vote Liberal Democrat', only one mentions the environment at all. The Liberal Democrats put a commitment to 'cleaner transport and cleaner energy' at number five on their list.

On their own most optimistic reckoning, the Greens think they could win one seat in the 659 seat House of Commons.

Caspar Henderson

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals

To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.

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