Labour is Planning ‘Green Economic Rescue From Coronavirus

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Ed Miliband has called for the creation of a ‘zero-carbon army’ for eco-friendly industries. Tara Pilkington brings you the latest.

Labour is drawing up various proposals that will seek to rescue the post-coronavirus economy with a radical green recovery plan which is focused on helping young people who lose their jobs by retraining them in green industries.

Seeking to seize the initiative on the country’s future direction once the pandemic abates, Ed Miliband, the shadow business secretary, has called for the plans to include creating a zero-carbon army of young people”, in a move which seeks to seize the opportunity to change the future direction of the country once we are safely out of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Miliband said “It’s a contemporary equivalent of what happened after 1945… It’s never too early to start thinking about the future, to think about what kind of world we want to build as we emerge from this crisis. I think we owe it to have a sort of reassessment of what really matters in our society, and how we build something better for the future.”

Under a timetable coordinated by Miliband and the shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, Labour will this week start a rapid consultation with businesses, workers, unions and others on how a green recovery could happen.