Responding to the news that Boris Johnson has appointed Alok Sharma as Business Secretary and the new COP26 President, Ed Davey, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “The climate emergency is the biggest issue facing the world today and the UK has a responsibility to lead the world in reaching net-zero emissions.
“The Government’s running of COP26 has so far been a shambles. They sacked Claire O’Neill as COP President, only to have both David Cameron and William Hague decline the job.
“That is why Liberal Democrats are calling for a COP oversight committee to scrutinise the preparations and outcomes of COP26, led by NGOs and charities. The Tories have shown they are simply not up to the job.
“COP26 could be the last opportunity to persuade the world to take the action we need. The Prime Minister cannot waste this chance.”