Vote blue go blue: Survey reveals 91% of Tory PPCs and 73% of MPs are climate sceptics

More evidence today of Tory candidates' views: a staggering 91 per cent of Conservative PPCs and 73 per cent of MPs do not believe in man made climate change.

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Following our story this morning about the outdated views of Tory members – obsessed with immigration, crime and tax cuts – comes evidence that Tory candidates are equally regressive. A staggering 91 per cent of Conservative PPCs and 73 per cent of MPs do not believe in man made climate change.

The results are revealed in today’s Times, and come from a Populus survey of 36 Tory MPs and 34 Tory candidates in winnable seats. Of those, 84 per cent of the MPs and 48 per cent of the PPCs think multiculturalism is bad.

A seperate poll for the paper, of 100 candidates in winnables, shows Lady Thatcher to be the “runaway first choice as hero”, followed by Churchill – echoing the findings a poll in today’s New Statesman, which found 34 per cent of Tory PPCs regarded her as their political hero – nearly seven times as many as those who said Nelson Mandela.

The Statesman poll also revealed that more Tory PPCs regard Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson to be worse villains than Hitler, a fifth support the reintroduction of the death penalty and only 28 per cent believe the next government should “legislate to make people behave in an environmentally ‘greener’ way”.

38 Responses to “Vote blue go blue: Survey reveals 91% of Tory PPCs and 73% of MPs are climate sceptics”

  1. Joseph Brown

    @leftfootfwd Vote blue go blue: Survey reveals 91% of Tory PPCs and 73% of MPs are climate sceptics http://cli.gs/sd61s

  2. House Of Twits

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  3. Anon E Mouse

    “91% of Tory PPCs and 73% of MPs are climate sceptics”

    Oh no the landslide win by the Tories may be even bigger than I think… Come back Cameron and the husky…

  4. josephjedwards

    RT @leftfootfwd Vote blue go blue: Survey reveals 91% of Tory PPCs and 73% of MPs are climate sceptics http://cli.gs/sd61s

  5. Mark Gale

    RT: @leftfootfwd: Survey reveals 91% of Tory PPCs are climate sceptics http://cli.gs/sd61s < they say one thing and do another!

  6. Gregory Norminton

    If they only inhabit the right-wing echo chambers – The Spectator, The Telegraph – it’s little wonder that they should be such scientific ignoramuses. I’m not a Tory but it is desperately important that Anglo-Saxon conservatism gets real about global warming. In the United States, Canada and Australia, antiscience bigotry is now the mainstream position amongst conservatives. It looks likely that – with the exception of a few front-benchers – the Tories in the UK are as blinkered as their counterparts abroad.

    This ideological aversion to facts isn’t shared by the German or French centre-right. Conservatism ought to be able to accommodate itself to the ideas of wise resource use and conservation. If we are to have any chance of averting catastrophic climate change, we need this ‘issue’ – which encompasses all others – to lose its partisan colouring and become a central concern of all parts of the political spectrum.

    Will Cameron have the guts to tell his party to face up to reality? Or will he throw them a bone on this, as he has on Europe?

    God help us come election day.

  7. keith ridgway

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  8. PJ Crittenden

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  9. paulwmk

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  13. Hayley Winrow

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  14. KatieCurtis

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  15. James Plunkett

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  19. Devoid Larkoid

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  20. John77

    Try telling the truth for a change.
    Climate change is mostly down to cycles in solar emissions (hence the massive scientific evidence for ice-ages, Romans growing grapes in Britain, ice-skating on the Thames etc).
    A little is man-made (thanks to the 180 trillion tonnes of coal burned in the last 40 years).
    We can’t alter the former; we can alter the latter.
    So we should
    The Times says that only 27% of Conservative MPs (and 9% of candidates) regard it as established that climate change is man-made – that is 27% (and 9%) too many. It does NOT say that 73% (and 91%)do not believe that mankind contributes to climate change.

  21. Mr. Sensible

    Not a surprise, is it?

  22. MissTJD

    RT @leftfootfwd: Vote blue go blue: Survey reveals 91% of Tory PPCs and 73% of MPs are climate sceptics (http://cli.gs/sd61s)

  23. Andrew Saffrey

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  24. Oxford Kevin

    John77

    Show us the evidence for Roman’s growing grapes in Britain. Did they get as far North as Yorkshire, because that is what we have got today, and currently the vineyards are still spreading North, in other words the current spread of vineyards has not caught up with the modern temperature change.

    Kevin

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  26. Orr Vinegold

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  27. Colin

    You have to feel a pang of sympathy for the 1% of PPCs who named Bob Dole as their political hero.

    By the way, if you’re going to push such a perverse piece of spin as “more Tory PPCs regard Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson to be worse villains than Hitler”, it’s probably not a good idea to link to the actual poll.

  28. Ving Faction

    70 Tory MPs and PPCs Polled. 91% Tory PPCs and 73% Tory MPs don’t believe in man made climate change http://bit.ly/9VM1hH #leadersdebate

  29. AJM

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  30. Ving Faction

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  31. Ving Faction

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