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Climate Emergency Declaration Delayed by Tory Amendments

March 7, 2019 6:54 AM
At this week's meeting of Harrogate Borough Council the Liberal Democrats put a straightforward Motion to declare a Climate Emergency.
However, their efforts were thwarted by the Conservative Amendments that totally altered the ethos of the Motion's aim to make Harrogate District carbon neutral by 2030. These amendments were supported by all Conservative Councillors.
The Lib Dems were unable to agree such a drastic change so a decision was taken to withdraw the Motion and Amendments and to arrange a meeting between the Leaders of HBC's political groups to agree wording of a Motion that would gain support from the whole Council.
"This is something the Council has to address and urgently. We owe it to future generations to get this right", said Cllr Pat Marsh, "Commitment and common sense has to prevail".
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Following the meeting a member of the public contacted Cllr Marsh and said, "I was at the council meeting this evening in the public area. I was very moved by your speech and its passion. I was disappointed to hear the rather bizarre response to your motion."

You can read Cllr Marsh's speech calling for declaration of a Climate Emergency in full here:
https://hklibdems.org.uk/en/article/2019/1296472/cllr-pat-marsh-s-climate-emergency-speech-in-full