To stay within internationally agreed warming limits, base UK policy on both scientific evidence and justice, and leave a safe world for future generations, then no new oil and gas projects can be licensed.

I am paired today so cannot vote on the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill. If I had been in Parliament, I would have voted to throw this climate-wrecking bill out.

As a member of the Environmental Audit Committee, I have closely scrutinised the case for and against new oil and gas licensing. I have heard from the Government about their position, and from experts about the implications of new licenses being issued.

My conclusion is that the UK does not need to license new oil and gas extraction for a secure future energy supply. Expanding oil and gas extraction will eke out more profits for the industry and its shareholders. It will also cause harm to people and planet, leading to more flooding, more wildfires, and more food and water shortages. It would mean more instability and more displacement, except for a small minority who will be able to insulate themselves from ecological collapse.

At our fingertips are ways to create an energy supply that works for people and planet. So too are ways to guarantee a just transition for the workers in the oil and gas industry. Yet the Conservatives want us to keep us reliant on the polluting fossil fuels that should be consigned to history.

Labour’s Clean Power Mission would secure our energy supply while boosting jobs and investment in every region of Britain. It would deliver an estimated 19,000 jobs upgrading 1.5 million homes in East Anglia, while building over a thousand local power projects.

As a proud co-sponsor of the Decarbonisation and Economic Strategy Bill (Green New Deal Bill), I helped set out a blueprint for transforming our economy to put environmental sustainability and public wellbeing at the heart of our society.

Another example is the Local Electricity Bill, which I co-sponsor. If this became law, it would unleash the power of communities to set up renewable energy schemes that could be owned and run by local people.

The Labour Party’s Reasoned Amendment to this bill sums up how the Conservatives have got it so wrong. This bill: “is entirely incompatible with the UK’s international climate change commitments and is a totally unnecessary piece of legislation which will do nothing to serve the UK’s national interest.

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