Labour confirms plans to block all new North Sea oil and gas projects

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2023-05-28 10:54:54  • 3 mins

Labours shadow work and pension secretary has confirmed the partys plans to block all new domestic oil and gas developments if it wins power, instead proposing to invest heavily in renewable sources such as wind, and also in nuclear power.

Jonathan Ashworth said details would be announced soon when asked about a report in the Sunday Times, in which unnamed Labour sources outlined the proposal for Keir Starmer to make a bar on new North Sea projects one of his national missions.

What well be doing in our coming weeks is outlining how we want to invest in the green jobs of the future, to bring bills down, to create a more sustainable energy supply, he told Skys Sophy Ridge on Sunday show.

Well be outlining that in a significant mission in the coming weeks, and well be announcing more details then.

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We know weve got to move to more renewable sources of energy. Its important for our climate change commitments, but its also the way in which we can bring energy bills down for consumers. This isnt about shutting down whats going on now. We will manage those sustainably.

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