Na­tion­alise en­ergy to go green, says Cor­byn

The Sunday Telegraph - - Politics - By Tele­graph Re­porter

BRING­ING Bri­tain’s en­ergy sys­tem back un­der pub­lic own­er­ship is the best way of go­ing green, Jeremy Cor­byn has in­sisted.

Mr Cor­byn told a party con­fer­ence on al­ter­na­tive mod­els of own­er­ship that Labour needed to take a rad­i­cal ap­proach to bat­tling cli­mate change.

The Labour leader said: “The green­est en­ergy is usu­ally the most lo­cal. But peo­ple have been queu­ing up for years to con­nect re­new­able en­ergy to the na­tional grid. With the na­tional grid in pub­lic hands, we can put tack­ling cli­mate change at the heart of our en­ergy sys­tem. To go green, we need and must take con­trol of our en­ergy.”

Mr Cor­byn told the Lon­don gath­er­ing yes­ter­day that the UK should fol­low a global tide of pub­lic own­er­ship.

“We can put Bri­tain at the fore­front of the wave of change across the world in favour of pub­lic, demo­cratic own­er­ship and con­trol of our ser­vices and util­i­ties,” he said. “Coun­tries across the world are wak­ing up to the fact that pri­vati­sa­tion has failed, and tak­ing back con­trol of their pub­lic ser­vices.” The Labour leader said the im­pact of cli­mate change re­quired ac­tion at least as rad­i­cal as that taken in 1945 by “the great At­tlee Labour gov­ern­ment” to re­build Bri­tain’s econ­omy af­ter the war.

Last night, the Cen­tre for Pol­icy Stud­ies said claims by Labour that na­tion­al­i­sa­tion would cost “ab­so­lutely noth­ing” were wrong.

Daniel Ma­honey, the CPS head of eco­nomic re­search, cal­cu­lated that the min­i­mum up­front cost would be at least £176bil­lion.

It fol­lowed claims made by John McDon­nell to the Labour con­fer­ence.

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