Sarah Newton – speeches and questions

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  • Debate on the Address: The Climate Emergency (17 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I thank the Secretary of State for giving way; she is making a powerful speech and being very generous with her time. Will she support my call that we introduce a net zero test so that we can ensure that at every fiscal event—Budgets and comprehensive spending reviews—we are investing to deliver, and perhaps we could get the Office for Budget Responsibility to scrutinise that so that...
  • Turkish Incursion into Northern Syria (15 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: ShelterBox is a great charity based in my constituency, working now with its partners on the ground in north-east Syria to provide a desperately needed humanitarian response. While the public are being very generous in their donations, they and I would like to know how much public money is being committed to this unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: It is an absolute pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley), who made an outstanding speech and demonstrated yet again what a champion he is for his constituents. When I was asked to second the Humble Address, I felt honoured, but I also felt some consternation. Of course, it is always an honour to represent my constituents in this place. Although...
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: It could also focus our minds on the need to respond to the threats of climate change. To encourage greater co-operation between all Members in this House, we could be singing, “We’re All In This Together” from “High School Musical”, or “Meet Me Halfway” by “The Black Eyed Peas”. I hope that, as we work our way through this songbook, we would eventually unite in a rousing...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: In the very few seconds I have left, I thank everyone here. Can I take it that I can add their names to an application for a Backbench Business debate in the Chamber, so that we can carry on this really important debate? [Hon. Members: “Hear, hear.”] I will do that. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered the Government plan to reach net zero by 2050.
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I beg to move, That this House has considered the Government plan to reach net zero by 2050. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gray. I am grateful to the huge number of Members from all parts of the House who have come along to Westminster Hall this morning. It really underlines the absolute priority that this House and the Government give to tackling the huge challenge...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I would rather use today’s debate to show the collective will and determination of hon. Members to support the Government in reaching the new target, rather than engaging in a tit-for-tat about which Government could have or should have done what in the past. Let us focus on the future and on what we can all do as Members of Parliament to support the Government in reaching the target that...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: My hon. Friend makes a really important point about how different nations in the United Kingdom will need to set different targets. Scotland has an abundance of natural resources for hydroelectricity among other things, so it will be easier for it to reach net zero than for England. Some industries, such as the water industry, have already committed to decarbonise by 2030, while the National...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: My right hon. Friend makes a very important point: the changes needed are substantial and it is really important that people understand why we need to do what we need to and that we take people with us. We can do that largely by providing information not only about the why, but about the how. In my experience, most people are waiting for that information, because they understand the challenge...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I am glad that the hon. Lady has mentioned the target. The groundbreaking Climate Change Act 2008, which is unique to our country in having all-party support, set up the independent Committee on Climate Change. All Governments depend on evidence and the best science to show what we can do. The independent Committee on Climate Change says that the 2050 target is the right target: it is...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I think the hon. Lady’s intervention is directed more at the Minister than at me. To return to the theme of my debate, I believe the Government can provide a lot more information. They can share data and expertise on the smartest way to get to work and school and to travel, on what local British food is in season and sustainably grown, and on the suppliers of the cleanest forms of...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: The hon. Lady is absolutely right about the need to invest in cycling and walking infrastructure. Both of us, with many colleagues, participated in a debate in this Chamber on that very subject. The Government asked the Committee on Climate Change to consider what plans they need to put in place to enable us to reach that target; they are actively considering those plans and the Treasury is...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: We will bear that in mind, Mr Gray. My right hon. Friend makes a good point: COP 26 is a great opportunity, as he so well articulated. Some sort of roadshow would be a good idea, as it would harness the great work going on and give the Government an opportunity to communicate to communities the sort of innovation funding and support plans available, so people can engage.
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: My right hon. Friend makes an incredibly important point. We are leaders in our communities and we have agency, as he describes, to make a positive difference. This country also has world-leading universities and tech companies. I would like the Government to set up an ecotech innovation fund, so we can harness expertise to create user-friendly, accessible apps and websites that seamlessly...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I am going to make a bit of progress because so many Members want to speak and I want them to be able to do so. Businesses have an important role to play, and it has been great to see businesses come forward with their own net zero targets. The water industry, for example, has committed to carbon neutrality by 2030. To give hope to the citizens who are so worried about climate change, that...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: There are regional industrial strategies in the modern industrial strategy. The Government are clear about going for clean and inclusive growth in our economy, and I absolutely support that. I welcome the fact that local enterprise partnerships all over the country, including in Cornwall, are coming together to produce plans for us to meet our net zero targets while growing our economy...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I welcome the fact that Barnsley has declared a climate emergency. Cornwall Council has done the same, as have most of the parish councils in my constituency. People want to play their part. The Government have recently brought in some very helpful new regulations that will help councils. For example, most councils sit on huge pension funds; the new regulations, which came into force last...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I absolutely agree. There is a lot of scaremongering and misinformation. Most of the people that I meet are genuine and sincere, but there is no doubt that there are people who have seen the popular support and concern about what is happening to our climate and nature and are deliberately infiltrating and organising in a way intended to create chaos, and fundamentally to bring down our...
  • Government Plan for Net Zero Emissions — [James Gray in the Chair] (8 Oct 2019)
    Sarah Newton: I gently ask the hon. Lady: how can she claim to speak for everyone outside? A little bit of humility in all of us does not go amiss. Everyone in this room is 100% committed to getting to net zero. It is clear from Parliament’s actions that we want to do that. That is why I wanted to focus this debate on ensuring that we have clear plans and communications and measures are reported in an...