Rishi Sunak to attend COP27 – reversing decision to skip it to focus on economy | Politics News


Rishi Sunak has said he will go to COP27 in Egypt, in a reversal of his previous snub.

In a statement on Twitter, the prime minister said: “There is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change.

“There is no energy security without investing in renewables. That is why I will attend COP27 next week: to deliver on Glasgow’s legacy of building a secure and sustainable future.”

Pressure was growing on the PM after Boris Johnson confirmed to Sky News yesterday that he would be going to the climate summit.

Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said of the U-turn: “Dragged kicking and screaming into doing the right thing. Embarrassing.”

Ed Miliband, the shadow climate secretary, also claimed the prime minister “has been shamed into going”, adding: “He is going to avoid embarrassment not to provide leadership.”

Mr Sunak initially said he was not going to head to the conference in Sharm El-Sheikh due to “other pressing domestic commitments”.

But the PM faced a raft of criticism, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accusing him of displaying a “failure of leadership” and Greenpeace UK saying he was not taking climate change “seriously enough”.

Within days, Downing Street changed course, saying the PM’s attendance was “under review”, depending on progress around preparation for the economic statement, set for 17 November.


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