City Hall Contracts Given to Labour Donor Who Gave Half-a-Million

Sadiq Khan has granted lucrative contracts to a firm that donates to his party, Guido can reveal. Ecotricity was handed contracts worth £400,000 of taxpayers’ money every year by the current Mayor. Labour-donor Ecotricity is run by Dale Vince, who has also funded fox-killer Jolyon Maugham’s legal challenge to extend Article 50. Sadiq failed to declare a link to Dale Vince and Ecotricity when the contracts were awarded…

Sadiq has said that Ecotricity now provides all of the electricity for the Greater London Authority. Coincidentally, according to the Electoral Commission, Ecotricity has given £515,000 to the Labour Party since 2014 – £45,000 of this was during Sadiq Khan’s Mayoral bid. Added to this, just before the last mayoral election, Dale Vince was one of the business leaders who signed a public letter in support of Sadiq Khan.

The GLA’s code of conduct says holders of public office must “declare and resolve any interests and relationships.” Why didn’t Sadiq flag up the links between Dale Vince and Ecotricity, with the Labour Party and its London Mayor?

UPDATE: When asked by Guido about the story, a mayoral spokesperson claimed that “The Mayor and his team had no involvement in or knowledge of this contract award. GLA officers appointed an independent public sector energy procurement company to find the best provider for the GLA’s requirements. The contract ends on 31st March.”

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Prince Charles’s King’s Speech

He’s just repeating himself on his environmental crusade at this point…

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Tory Voters Want to Prioritise Cutting Energy Bills, Labour Voters Don’t

New polling by YouGov on behalf of the Global Warming Policy Forum has found Tory voters prioritise cutting energy bills far more than Labour voters do. Reflecting the new electoral coalition the Conservative Party enjoys, working-class C2DE voters favour cutting bills over stronger climate change targets. A total mirror image to middle-class ABC1 voters…

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pattern is also true with Leave and Remain voters…

If the Government is wondering what policy agenda will unite its electoral coalition, cutting energy bills with market mechanisms is a pretty safe bet…

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Long-Bailey’s Husband’s Not So Green Deals

Rebbecca Long-Bailey’s husband, Stephen Bailey, works in the chemical industry as global marketing director for the firm BWA Water Additives. Over the weekend it was revealed that he drives a flashy £50,000 Audi A5, and is on a six-figure salary…

Guido can further reveal that Bailey’s firm is heavily involved in supplying the fracking industry, with his company’s website listing “unique, effective chemical solutions.” The website goes on to advertise five different chemical products for “Oil & Gas Fracturing.”

The company provides key fracking chemicals Bellacide 300, Bellacide 350, Bellasol S30, Bellasol S50, and Bellasol S80 abroad. These fracking chemicals are rated as ‘toxic’ and ‘corrosive’ and have caused chemical incidents where they are most widely used in Canada. The chemicals pose “hazards to humans and domestic animals“, and are “fatal” if absorbed or inhaled; once causing chaos when a truck containing Bellacide 300 crashed, spilling the corrosive chemical over the road.

Stephen Bailey’s online resume includes the claim that he has “delivered growth in multiple market sectors including speciality chemicals, industrial coatings, biocides and water treatment.”

Long-Bailey has long campaigned for a ban on fracking, earlier this year writing to Andrea Leadsom “calling on the Government to ban fracking immediately.”  Rebecca Long-Bailey also accused the Tories of “working hand-in-hand with the fracking industry, meeting 31 times in just 3 years.” Which is ironic when her husband’s firm enables the fracking industry to drill whilst she campaigns against them…

A spokesperson for Long-Bailey was contacted for comment.

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Hypocritical Miliband Continues to Rack Up the Airmiles

Last April, Guido reported on Ed Miliband’s hypocrisy of constantly windbagging about the ‘climate emergency’ despite wracking up 19,000 air miles from his flights abroad, pumping out tonnes of carbon dioxide. Guido was similarly amused by Barry Gardiner’s tweet yesterday that referenced his “my plane back from the Climate Conference“…

It’s a new year now and therefore time to check back in with the king of podcasts to see how his climate crusade is going. Since our last check-in, he has flown to:

  • Athens, Greece (17-18 March 2019) – c.1500
  • Crete, Greece (7-12 July 2019) – c.1700
  • Canada – c.3300
  • South Africa – c.5600

Green Ed’s wracked up 12,000 air miles in 10 months – half the circumference of the globe. Unlike Greta who sailed across the sea and had team fly over to sail her boat, Ed’s being hypocritical without having to poo in a bucket…

When confronted with Guido’s last investigation, Ed said “I’m sure I could do more”.

Turns out Ed could do more – tonnes-worth of CO2 more…

Sources: “Reasons to Be Cheerful” podcast, register of interests.

UPDATE: Guido has been informed he made a mistake with this article, and must therefore revise the distances Red/Green Ed travelled. He only counted the journeys one way, therefore he in fact flew 24,000 miles in 10 months – the circumference of the globe. Our first article pointing out his hypocrisy covered the 19,000 miles he flew in 16 months from December 2017–April 2019. Not only is he continuing to not practice what he preaches, but he’s exponentially making the environment worse…

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Labour’s CO2 Reductions Were Imaginary

Eco-lefties often criticise the big reductions in CO2 emissions as being imaginary, as they are ‘offshored’ through importing carbon-intensive goods rather than producing them here. However, new data shows that view to be wildly out of date…

Research from the Global Carbon Project shows that whilst the ‘offshoring emissions’ claim was true under the last Labour Government, since 2010 consumption-based CO2 has fallen by double digits as well. Eco-socialist attack lines are only undermining their preferred party…

Hat-tip: Hannah Ritchie
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