It is vital that government ministers speak accurately about our political and legal processes, and that if they make mistakes, they make every effort to correct the record. It matters even more when that member of the government is the Prime Minister. Yet repeatedly, Theresa May has failed to issue a public correction for her misleading answer to my question on climate change 2 weeks ago.

I am proud to have successfully led calls in Parliament for the government to declare a climate emergency. And I and the whole Labour Party, welcomed the government’s decision to introduce legislation to bring our carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 (though we can and should go further!)

But it is vital we get detail on these proposals, so they are words that are backed up by actions. Theresa May has now twice stated that the Labour Party in the Lords tried to block this legislation when they have done nothing of the sort. Tabling a motion asking for more clarity is not ‘blocking’ legislation. It is instead, an opposition that is doing its job by making sure that political promises from the government are deliverable.

I asked the Speaker of the House of Commons what I can do to get the Prime Minister to correct her misrepresentation of Labour’s actions in Parliament. He has advised me to persist in my attempts. To that end I asked another question, but Theresa May still refused to retract her statement. I will continue to pursue this, and I hope the Prime Minister will accept my invitation for her to put the record straight before she leaves office.

The Prime Minister must set the record straight on climate change

It is vital that government ministers speak accurately about our political and legal processes, and that if they make mistakes, they make every effort to correct the record. It matters even more when that member of the government is the Prime Minister. Yet repeatedly, Theresa May has failed to issue a public correction for her misleading answer to my question on climate change 2 weeks ago.I am proud to have successfully led calls in Parliament for the government to declare a climate emergency. And I and the whole Labour Party, welcomed the government's decision to introduce legislation to bring our carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050 (though we can and should go further!)But it is vital we get detail on these proposals, so they are words that are backed up by actions. Theresa May has now twice stated that the Labour Party in the Lords tried to block this legislation when they have done nothing of the sort. Tabling a motion asking for more clarity is not 'blocking' legislation. It is instead, an opposition that is doing its job by making sure that political promises from the government are deliverable.I asked the Speaker of the House of Commons what I can do to get the Prime Minister to correct her misrepresentation of Labour's actions in Parliament. He has advised me to persist in my attempts. To that end I tabled another question only for Theresa May to again refuse to retract her misleading statement (https://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2019-07-04/273409/). I will not give up on this issue. I only hope the Prime Minister will accept my invitation for her to put the record straight before she leaves office.

Posted by Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

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