Closure of the Honda Swindon Plant
EDM #2220, Tabled 25 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House is deeply concerned at the news that Honda plans to close its Swindon plant; recognises the devastating impact this planned closure will have on the 3,500 people directly employed by Honda as well as the thousands of people whose employment depends on the supply chain, their families and the communities supported by them; notes with distress that this would be the first closure of an automotive plant since 2013; is alarmed as this reflects a worrying wider trend in UK manufacturing where 130 jobs are currently being lost each day; further notes that exports of finished vehicles from the UK, including 85 per cent of Honda production, are key to a diverse economy and balance of trade; and urges the Government to take urgent action in developing a clear plan to transition the UK automotive sector towards a green and clean future beyond the combustion engine, keep Honda in Swindon and its supply chain secure, while preserving the UK’s status as a global lead in the automotive industry.
UK-Wide Climate Emergency
EDM #2177, Tabled 13 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes the stark warning from the world’s scientific community that there are just 12 years left to prevent 1.5 degrees warming; further notes that warming beyond 1.5 degrees represents a threat to the future of humanity, and that even warming limited to that level will wreak havoc upon the livelihoods of countless people across the world; acknowledges that the world is now experiencing a climate emergency and that an urgent and rapid global response is now necessary; welcomes the fact that solutions to the climate crisis are widely available including renewable technology, sustainable transport options and zero-carbon buildings; supports the decisions by more than 40 local authorities to pass motions declaring a climate emergency and setting net zero carbon emissions targets for their local areas; and calls on the Government to declare a climate emergency and to release the necessary funding, including to local authorities, to enact a green new deal that would rapidly decarbonise the entire UK economy.