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Labour leadership contender pledges to re-establish DECC

Labour leadership contender pledges to re-establish DECC


Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has said that he would re-establish DECC. Speaking in Gateshead at the latest leadership hustings on Thursday 11 August, Smith called the decision to axe the department an “act of economic vandalism”. Criticising the government’s withdrawal of support for some green technologies, Smith also said that further work was necessary to capitalise on the next generation of renewables. He said: “I’d think about having a nationalised renewables company––if it makes sense for private companies to invest enormous amounts of money […] in wave and wind power, why should the government not do that?”