Labour on attack

75,000 green jobs lost due to failed policies, says Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer iin Edinburgh

Sir Keir Starmer: country going backwards (pic: Terry Murden)

Labour leader Keir Starmer says Britain is failing to build a green economy with more than 75,000 job losses in the sector in the last five years.

Sir Keir accuses the UK government of “broken promises:” and the Scottish government of “going backwards”.

During a visit to Scotland he said the Scottish National Party, has broken its pledge to create 130,000 green jobs by 2020.

Figures show progress on green jobs going backwards in Scotland, with fewer direct jobs today than in 2014, making up just a fifth of the green jobs promised by the SNP, he said.

The figures show a loss of 33,800 direct jobs and a further 41,400 jobs in the supply chain for low carbon and renewable sectors between 2014 and 2019. This includes thousands of jobs lost in solar power, onshore wind, renewable electricity and bioenergy, and a huge fall in the number of jobs in the energy efficiency sector.


Sir Keir is in Scotland on a two-day visit focused on climate change, 100 days from the end of COP26 in Glasgow. The visit is part of the Labour leader’s summer programme – taking the Labour Party’s vision on the road and into Britain’s communities.

On a visit to a wind farm alongside Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Sir Keir will demand the Government delivers on the urgent need for action in what is the decisive decade for addressing climate change ahead of COP26.

Labour has called for £30bn in planned investment to be brought forward to support up to 400,000 jobs in manufacturing and low-carbon industries. The Party has also put forward plans to buy, make and sell more in Britain – proposals which would create more jobs in the UK green supply chain such as wind turbine manufacturing.

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