ishi Sunak is due to attend the Cop27 summit in Egypt next week after reversing his earlier decision not to attend.
Mr Sunak announced the U-turn on Wednesday morning, after growing criticism for his decision to stay away from the international summit.
The Prime Minister wrote in a tweet: “There is no long term prosperity without action on climate change. There is no energy security without investment in renewable energies. That’s why I’ll be attending next week: to deliver on Glasgow’s legacy of building a safe and sustainable future.
He had insisted last week that he should focus on ‘depressing domestic challenges’ and the upcoming autumn statement on the economy on November 17 rather than going to the Cop27 conference in Sharm el-Sheikh. , which led to claims that he did not take environmental issues. quite seriously.
It also led to claims he was caving in to pressure from the right-wing of the Conservative Party, which is more skeptical of the impact of climate change.
Earlier this week, No 10 confirmed the stance was “under review”.
It comes as Mr Sunak faces pressure over tax rises and the migrant crisis in the south of England as he prepares for his second Prime Minister’s Questions.
‘Extremely difficult’ for Tories to win next election – pollster
The Tories will find it “extremely difficult” to win the next general election despite some signs of recovery under Rishi Sunak, polls expert Professor Sir John Curtice has said.
The chairman of the British Polling Council said while Mr Sunak was significantly more popular than his party, voters were unlikely to forgive the Tories for the financial crisis unleashed under Liz Truss.
“No government that has presided over a financial crisis has ever survived the ballot box. Voters remember that governments are forced to turn around by financial markets,” he said.
“We need action rather than presence”
Liberal Democrat climate change spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse said: “This whole debacle has shown that the environment is simply not a priority for Rishi Sunak. He only goes there after being embarrassed by the presence of Boris Johnson.
“We need action rather than just the presence of the Prime Minister.
“Building more renewable energy, the cheapest and most popular form of energy, and insulating our cold, drafty homes will accelerate progress towards net zero, reduce energy bills and increase the UK energy security.”
Reaction to the presence of the Prime Minister at the COP27
Shadow Climate and Net Zero secretary Ed Miliband said the Prime Minister had been “ashamed” to attend Cop27 “by the torrent of disbelief that he would not show up”.
Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner said Rishi Sunak had been “kicked and shouted to do the right thing”.
Meanwhile, Cop26 President Alok Sharma said he was “delighted” that Rishi Sunak is now at the conference.
What is COP27?
The Cop27 conference on climate change will start on Sunday November 6th and end on Friday November 18th.
Cop stands for Conference of the Parties, and the summit is attended by countries that have signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
World leaders, accredited non-profit organizations, the press and members of observer organizations will attend the conference in and around UN offices in the host country.
The king will not be present this year, although he was there last year.
Learn more here.
Cop27 “embarrassing fault” for the Prime Minister
Green MP Caroline Lucas called the Prime Minister’s reversal on attending COP27 an “embarrassing misstep on the world stage”.
She tweeted: ‘Now he must urgently increase the UK’s ambition on emissions reduction targets and pay what we owe to the global climate fund.’
U-turn of the PM on the Cop27
In a dramatic turnaround, the prime minister announced he would attend the Cop27 climate change summit in Egypt next week.
Last week Rishi Sunak insisted he should focus on ‘depressing national challenges’ rather than going to Cop2, drawing widespread criticism including from conservative ranks.
Just yesterday, the prime minister’s official spokesman said Mr Sunak’s presence in Sharm el-Sheikh depended on preparations for the autumn budget, due on November 17.
But on Wednesday, Mr Sunak confirmed he would be attending, to “deliver on Glasgow’s legacy of building a safe and sustainable future”.
PM heads for COP27
Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will participate in Cop27 next week.
Railway strikes: Mark Harper “very happy” to meet the unions
The new transport secretary said he was “very happy” to meet union leaders amid the ongoing rail strikes.
Mark Harper told LBC: “Negotiations are obviously going to be between unions and employers, Network Rail and the rail operating companies.
“But I think it is useful for ministers to meet union leaders and listen to their concerns.
“I am very happy to do so and my department will contact these union leaders in due course.”
Rail strikes are taking place next week.
Home Secretary referred to watchdog over email error
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been referred to a financial watchdog by Labor over concerns over a breach of insider trading laws.
Ghost town minister Tulip Siddiq has asked the Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the information leak that led to Ms Braverman’s resignation.
Without permission, Ms Braverman sent a draft immigration policy to Tory MP Sir John Hayes from a personal email address, also inadvertently sending it to a staff member of another Tory MP.
Ms Siddiq questioned whether the minister’s sharing of ‘highly sensitive’ information about ‘grow-up visas’ could have breached market abuse regulations.
Learn more here.
What’s going on at the Manston Migrant Center?
Hundreds of migrants have been moved out of the Manston migrant processing center in Kent over fears it has become dangerously overcrowded.
It came after the situation was described as a “violation of humane conditions” on Monday, with 4,000 people held at the temporary site.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman told the Cabinet that a “large number” of people were being taken from Manston to other accommodation, in a bid to “help relieve the pressure”.
Some families are said to have slept on the floor and outbreaks have been reported.
Learn more here.