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UK Labour party to “increase charging points for electric cars”

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The UK Labour party has reportedly said that if elected it will provide more electric vehicle charging points, as part of its proposed green industrial revolution. 

The party made the announcement at the 2019 Labour Conference.

The Guardian reports that Labour said that if elected, it will build a national network of charging points for electric vehicles at a cost of £3.6 billion to kick start its “green industrial revolution”.

The party reportedly said that its planned roll-out of rapid-charging stations on motorways and urban streets would be enough for over 21 million cars in the next decade.

According to The Guardian Labour also said that by creating 3,000 skilled jobs for electricians and engineers it would be removing one of the biggest obstacles to electric car ownership. The opposition party also said it would offer interest-free loans for electric vehicles.

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey told The Guardian that the planned initiative would drastically reduce air pollution and greenhouse gases. “The climate crisis is right at the forefront of British politics at the moment, helped by the climate strikes, Extinction Rebellion and the mass movement that we’ve seen on our streets,” Long-Bailey told the Guardian. “It’s shown that people are every, very angry at the lack of action the government is taking. In fact, we’ve got someone verging on a climate denier as our prime minister, and that’s very worrying.”


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