Energygate raises serious questions of the Tory Party’s commitment to the Climate Change Act


Today’s Guardian reveals the Tory MP running the Corby campaign backed climate denier James Delingpole’s aborted bid for the seat – and helped push the Tories further towards an anti-green, anti-wind farm position.

Newly appointed energy minister John Hayes, who broke ranks a fortnight ago to launch an attack on wind farms – defying his Lib Dem boss Ed Davey in declaring “enough is enough” – is also implicated, while George Osborne stands accused of wanting to water down the Climate Change Act by “getting people into key positions” to get the government “off the hook” on its commitments.

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John Hayes

Here are extracts of Tory Corby campaign chief Chris Heaton-Harris’s conversation with the undercover investigator wrt the Hayes/Delingpole link:

Investigator: “Well we saw with Delingpole that… is he now…?”

Heaton-Harris: “He’s now pulling out.”

I: “Because the work is done?”

H-H: “Well not the work is done, but he wants government to be rewarded for going in the right direction.”

I: “Right.”

H-H: “It’s a bit (inaudible) you can keep on hammering, but what’s the point of listening (inaudible) in that place. And there’ll be other reasons, you know, and actually, now it’s quite a nice bust up between the Lib Dems and us.”

I: “Fantastic.”

H-H: “Which will work well for both sides in this.”

I: “Well exactly, and was that all… because obviously the timing of that was…”

H-H: “Contrived.”

I: “(Laughs); so you had the speech, two front pages, and then Delingpole stands down saying ‘my work is done’.”

H-H: “Yeah there’s been, there’s been a bit of leverage that he’s given me. So, um, I’ve been working on this since the ministerial teams changed. So it was just ‘fortuitous timing’.

Later on, Hayes’s role becomes clearer:

H-H: “So tomorrow in the Daily Telegraph Delingpole’s writing a big piece about government going in the right direction. Nice piece for the boss, to say why he’s pulled out, why these things are essential in what he’s doing.”

I: “I know you said before there was a meeting, he was going to talk to you and Hayes and that was going to be… so was Hayes smiling on that whole adventure?

H-H: “Kind of yeah. Nothing in politics, even if it happens by accident, nothing happens by accident.

Here are some questions Hayes must now answer:

1). Did he meet with James Delingpole and Chris Heaton-Harris between 8 October and 31 October?

2). Was he involved in Delingpole’s campaign in Corby?

3). Chris Heaton-Harris says he’s been very useful to him since moving into the energy portfolio. What does he mean?

4). It is alleged George Osborne was instrumental in moving him into the energy brief – is this true?


George Osborne

Peter Lilley, one of only five MPs who voted against the Climate Change Act, and recently elected to the energy and climate change committee, implicates George Osborne in a separate anti-green plot – here are extracts from his conversation with the undercover investigator:

Lilley: “Basically I think Osborne wanted to get people into key positions who could begin to get the government off the hook from the commitments it made very foolishly.”

Investigator: “So he’s basically trying to unpick the knot?”

L: “Yes. I don’t think they’ve fully worked out how they can do that, without standing on their heads and looking stupid but clearly the people who need to be brought onside are the Lib Dems.”

Lilley then reveals the CCA could be watered-down to make it merely “advisory” rather thatn legally-binding:

“Well it depends of course what commitments are made in the manifesto. [inaudible]… but otherwise, we could well see, certainly amendments to the Climate Change Act, cease to make it legally binding, make it advisory, make it dependent on other people doing things in parallel with us, rather than setting an example to the rest of the world.”


Lilley and Heaton-Harris also make disparaging remarks about climate change minister Greg Barker – Lilley says “he’s barking, while Heaton-Harris says:

“He’s away with the fairies, but he’s very close to David Cameron.”

These revelations raise serious questions about John Hayes and George Osborne’s commitment to the Climate Change Act – that’s the energy minister and the chancellor.

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4 Responses to “Energygate raises serious questions of the Tory Party’s commitment to the Climate Change Act”

  1. Leon Williams

    The very concept that the Tories are committed to preventing climate change is a joke, from the parties policies the only progressive climate policies with include helping the economy at the same time is the Green Party. Tories are a joke on Climate change.

  2. Newsbot9

    That’s right, make the poor entirely unable to afford heating and lighting and we’ll save power! Woo!

    No, we don’t need anti-science fanatics, we need nuclear power.

  3. Nemesea

    only reason they don’t want to change to renewable energy is because they will lose out on their pocket money as using renewable energy is cheaper to produce which would make it cheaper all around and cheaper on our pockets buts they are holding the purse strings tightly closed as they think no one realizes what they are doing but they are so wrong

  4. Newsbot9

    Don’t want to change to gas with incidental RO generators. Get it right..the energy companies have admitted this!

    And no, the degree of subsidies “green” energy needs continues to climb. Billions are being spend on extending the grid to handle “renewable” projects which generate little or no energy…the RO system we have is nuts.

    So as I said, keep on trying to increase the already record level of “voluntary” disconnections. I’ll keep on pushing for that radical concept of affordable power for all.

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