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Catastrophic Australian bush-fires

Mohammad Yasin MP writes: "I am horrified at the apocalyptic pictures coming out of Australia as the catastrophic bush-fires continue to burn and take life and wildlife on a monumental scale. Such is the severity of disaster, that today thousands are being rescued by navy warships - their homes and towns razed to the ground.

The world is telling us in in no uncertain terms that we must act urgently and radically if we are to stop these extreme weather events that are a real threat to life as we know it.

And its not just happening on the other side of the world. The Met Office today published statistics which show the climate crisis fuelled record temperatures in UK last year and 8 out of 10 of the highest recorded temperatures in the UK featured in the last decade.

Yet we have a Prime Minister who isn't taking it seriously. He was the only party leader not to turn up to the climate change debate in the election campaign and the Tory manifesto was alarmingly thin on the biggest global issue of our time.

Labour put tackling the climate crisis at the heart of its manifesto and had the strongest policies to protect nature and combat the climate emergency with its "green industrial revolution".

Labour recognised the need to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 not 2050 as the Government eventually acquiesced to. We are running out of time.

I see no signs that the Government are taking climate change seriously or being honest about the UK's real emissions (they don't record aviation and shipping in the stats). Putting pressure on the Government to prioritise tackling the climate crisis will be a top priority for me in this Parliament."

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