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Miliband ties environmental strategy to EU membership

The Labour leader has insisted that the UK’s environmental policies to tackle climate change had to be implemented as part of the EU.

Ed Miliband was speaking at an event in London to mark the launch of a three-year strategy from the Green Alliance (GA) to mark the thinktank’s 35th birthday.

He spelled out the challenges around climate change and said it was not possible “to divorce an environmental strategy from an economic strategy”.

He backed continuing membership of the EU: “If you believe in a country that is serious about climate change then you cannot be serious about leaving the EU.”

The former climate change secretary of state said the scientific evidence around climate change was even stronger than when he was in office.

He praised the GA, saying the thinktank was a unique organisation bringing “together an extraordinary coalition of interests”.

The GA’s strategy document says it wants to put the ‘public’ back into public policy, amid concern that if people continue to lose faith in politics and politicians there would be a decline in business and investor confidence.

“One solution is to open up Government policy making, testing ideas and assumptions by engaging directly with the public on long-term decisions through greater decentralisation to cities and counties,” the document says.

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