Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

9th January 2006

 

LONDON'S GREEN MEP SLAMS BLAIR'S EXPANDING FLY ZONE


London's Green MEP Jean Lambert has today slammed Tony Blair's claim that it would be impractical to cut the use of low-cost airlines in the UK.

Jean, who has been Green MEP for London since 1999, today said that Tony Blair's decision not to tackle the growth in flight numbers was yet another blow to his credibility on tackling climate change and simply demonstrated his true colours.

Jean Lambert MEP commented; "Tony Blair's move to support the crackdown on gas guzzling 4x4s is a welcome step forward. He will however have to do a lot more than this to offset the additional carbon emissions that could be produced if the Government insist on going ahead with airport expansion.

"The Prime Minister seems to be keen to manage demand on 4x4s but lacks the motivation to do anything when it comes to managing expansion of air travel. If we are to succeed in the battle against climate change we need a bit of coherent joined up thinking from Tony Blair and the rest of the UK Government."

ENDS

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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.