He was also appointed President of the United Nations Conference of the Parties, COP26, CMP16, CMA3, held in Glasgow, Scotland between 9-20th November 2020. Mr Sharma replaced Claire Perry as climate summit chief in a surprising move by Boris Johnson, where Mrs Perry had given up her position as an MP to be able to take on the challenge.
was previously the Secretary of State for International Development from July 2019 to February 2020. He was elected in 2010 as the Conservative Member of
Parliament for Reading West. We
aver that political musical chairs that puts a minister in a position
for just a few months is time wasting and adds to the carbon
footprints of the administration. Nobody is going to make an impact
in seven months. The administration suffers from a reputation for
unreliability, and not really knowing what it is doing and tax dollars
are wasted. Tax dollars that we have already paid for in fossil
The Nolan Report was supposed to change council practices to outlaw cozy positions of trust being abused. That did not work either. Greg Clark made an effort to secure land for affordable housing with the 2012 National Planning Policy Document. But that did not work either. The fact is that young families cannot get on the housing ladder at genuinely affordable prices because land is not being compulsorily purchased, or otherwise earmarked for affordable housing (only).
an example of councils behaving badly, Wealden have proven themselves to
be one of the most corrupt councils over many years, leading to a Petition
in 1997, where the police did not investigate the misuse of
authority. The situation remains largely unchanged, where some of the
old staff are still in residence, clearly passing on their bad habits,
infecting the newcomers. Lord
Nolan QC was wasting his time.
In January 2018, he became the Minister of State for Employment. The less said about this the better. Employment prospects in a country that no longer makes anything, means working in services, banking, insurance, and retail, but not creating much, unless you are in music or films. There is also a skills shortage, and yet Britain has a reputation for innovation. Mostly, seed innovation is stifled by council red tape, tending to make the UK uncompetitive. Even so we do produce the odd Dyson, a breed of die hard inventors that manage to bounce from one idea to another, improving products as they go.
Sharma was appointed Secretary of State for International Development by Boris Johnson following the resignation of Rory Stewart in July 2019. Upon ascending to the role, he said: "I am delighted... We will work across the whole of government to deliver Brexit and make sure UK aid is tackling global challenges that affect us all."
In October, Sharma stated he wanted to use the UK leverage over the World Bank to focus the use of the nineteenth International Development Association fund on fighting climate change, building sustainable economies and promoting women's rights.
At time of writing, the UK has the only statute in the world binding the country to reduce greenhouse gases in the Climate Change Act 2008. As such the United Kingdom is the world leader for change (in theory) that other countries will be looking to as an example (good or bad) of how to make things work, or not work. It will be interesting to see how things pan out.
Sharma was appointed the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in February 2020 following the sacking of Andrea Leadsom. We have high hopes for Mr Sharma and wish him success in Glasgow in November 2020.
ALOK IN READING
Alok has also successfully campaigned to deliver government investment in local infrastructure, including improvements at Reading, Tilehurst, Theale, Pangbourne and Reading West stations and the extension of Crossrail to Reading, as well as campaigning to increase the number of Standard Class carriages on First Great Western trains.
He has helped to deliver funding to cut road congestion and for flood alleviation projects across west Reading, including the Purley Bund.
Alok has worked with local school and parent groups, like All Saints Junior School, The Wren School and Purley Primary School, to deliver extra government funding and ensure that we have much needed extra school places being created.
Alok has worked with local campaign groups to fight unsustainable development on green spaces like Pincents Hill and scale back housing on the Bath Road Reservoir site. He is committed to campaigning against any unsustainable development across Reading West.
Alok is a big supporter of local businesses. He has supported businesses like the Tesco Distribution Centre in Whitley to deliver new jobs in Reading and has organised local business export seminars, helped deliver reductions in business rates for local businesses and campaigned for faster broadband.
A keen supporter of local charities, faith groups and volunteers across Reading, he has championed the excellent and selfless work they all do.
ALOK ON THE BUDGET
Sunack's Budget marks the start of record levels of investment in the people’s priorities – infrastructure, the NHS and public services – to ensure the promises in December’s General Election are kept and the potential of every part of the United Kingdom, including the South East, is unleashed.
Thanks to the Budget’s measures, someone working full-time on the minimum wage in the South East will be over £5,200 better off compared to ten years ago when the Conservatives came into office.
Member of Parliament for Reading West
London, SW1A 0A
The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
Tel: 020 7219 7131
Email Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESIDENT - Alok Sharma is presiding at the United Nations event in Scotland in 2020.
We are particularly concerned with climate change, transport and affordable housing as issues that need urgent attention. Where the coastline is a feature of the United Kingdom, Blue Growth is a food security issue, especially where this side of of our local economy is under-exploited and at the same time under threat. There is no Planet B.
FORMER PRESIDENT - Claire Perry gave up being an MP to concentrate on COP26, but then got fired after all her efforts. Hopefully, much of her work will pay dividends. That is politics, it is all political.
The United Kingdom has many political parties, some of which are represented in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Below are links to the websites of the political parties that were represented in the House of Commons after the 2015 General Election:
DEMOCRAT UNIONIST PARTY
SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC AND LABOUR PARTY
UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY
ULSTER UNIONIST PARTY
CONSERVATIVE MPS 2017-2020
SIX (SUGGESTED) STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
1. TRANSPORT: Phase out polluting vehicles. Governments aim to end the sale of new petrol, and diesel vehicles by 2040 but have no infrastructure plan to support such ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral. Zero carbon shipping is gaining ground with offshore solar boat racers reaching 35knots (Delft University @ Monaco 2019). The first solar powered circumnavigation record was set in 2012 by PlanetSolar. That record could be halved by another contender on the drawing board.
2. RENEWABLES: Renewable energy should replace carbon-based fuels (coal, oil and gas) in our electricity, heating and transport. We are well on the way to that with solar and wind power now price competitive to fossil fuels.
3. HOUSING: On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with new build homes that are affordable and built of wood for improved insulation and carbon lock. New units might not need planning consents if energy self-sufficient, or very nearly so. Planning consents should be struck for genuinely affordable/sustainable housing and self builds where cost is below £50,000. See letter to Nus Ghani July 2019.
4. AGRICULTURE: We need trees to absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new homes. Reducing food waste and promoting less energy intensive eating habits such as no meat Mondays.
5. INDUSTRY: Factories should be aiming for solar heating and onsite renewable energy generation. This could be done simply by making it a 106 type (mitigation) condition of new builds that they include solar heating and photovoltaic panels. Too many units were built in the last 3 years without climate friendly features, such as EV charging points.
6. POLITICS: - National governing bodies need to adopt rules to eliminate administrative wastages, restrain local authority empire building, scale down spending on war machines, educate the public and support sustainable social policies that mesh with other cultures transparently. Ban kleptocratic policies. Open your doors to transparency and a new era of honest politics. Local authorities are famous for finding the loopholes to keep on doing favours for mates. Simply close those loopholes with binding statute. Any gray areas should be made black and white in writing. Even then councils will break the law, so introduce a task force to prosecute offending local authorities.
LINKS & REFERENCE
CLIMATE CHANGE COP HISTORY
DESERTIFICATION COP HISTORY
BIODIVERSITY COP HISTORY
UN CLIMATE ACTION PORTFOLIOS