Meet Lisa Nandy: Labour’s shadow cabinet member for climate change and energy

Posted: September 28, 2015 by tallbloke in Politics


Nandy was born in Manchester to Luise Nandy (née Byers) and her then husband Dipak Nandy.[5][6][7] Luise Byers’ father, Lord Byers, was a Liberal Party MP and held many offices in the party.[8] Nandy grew up both in Manchester and in Bury, Greater Manchester, where her family later moved to. She graduated from Newcastle University, Tyne and Wear, in 2001 with a degree in politics and obtained a master’s degree in public policy from Birkbeck, University of London. She has worked in the voluntary sector, as a researcher at the homelessness charity Centrepoint from 2003 to 2005, and then as senior policy adviser at The Children’s Society from 2005,[5][9] where she specialised in issues facing young refugees, also acting as adviser to the Children’s Commissioner for England and to the Independent Asylum Commission.[10]

She knows little about climate change or energy and is mostly a mouthpiece for

Her shadow DECC team which includes:

Bryony Worthington, who was the lead author in the team which drafted the UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act.[9] This landmark piece of legislation, which requires the UK to reduce its carbon emissions to a level 80% lower than its emissions in 1990. At the time Worthington was working with Friends of the Earth working on their Big Ask campaign, but was seconded to government to help design the legislation.

Lady Worthington launched Sandbag in 2008[10] to raise public awareness of and improve the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Initially Sandbag provided members of the public with a way of tackling climate change, enabling them to buy ETS permits and cancel them, meaning that European companies covered by the ETS would have to emit fewer greenhouse gasses. Since that time, Sandbag has changed and grown. With a general remit to ‘defend against climate risk’,[11] Sandbag now focuses on researching and suggesting improvements to the ETS, how to phase out coal-fired power stations in Europe, and how governments and the EU can work to support Carbon Capture and Storage. Lady Worthington has been Sandbag’s Director since its foundation.[12]

Barry Gardiner, who was appointed as Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries in July 2013. He had previously held the role of Minister for Biodiversity in the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs in 2006 and 2007, and had served as Ed Miliband‘s Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change between 2011 to 2013.[12]

In June 2013, Conservative MP Tim Yeo and Barry Gardiner jointly tabled an ammendment to the UK Energy Bill which proposed establishing by 2014 a decarbonisation target for the UK’s electricity generating sector, to be achieved by 2030. The ammendment was narrowly defeated.[13]

In 2014 Gardiner gave his support to the first annual Hen Harrier Day demonstrations in Derbyshire to highlight the illegal persecution of UK raptors.[14]

In January 2015 Gardiner admitted that the push by the previous Labour government to encourage car-buyers to opt for diesel vehicles in a bid to save the planet was “wrong”, identifying that a “massive problem for public health” had been created.[15]

Dr Alan Whitehead, who has lobbied for the increased use of sustainable energy sources, particularly microgeneration. He criticised the results of the Energy Review,[2][dead link] and was the co-author of EDM 2204[2] which states ‘the case for nuclear has not yet been made’ and urges the government to ‘recognise the enormous potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by energy efficiency and conservation, greater use of combined heat and power, and rapid investment in the full range of renewable technologies, including microgeneration.’

As leader of Southampton City Council in 1986, Dr Whitehead proposed that the city council take measures to become a ‘self sustaining city’ with regard to energy generation.[3][dead link] One such measure was the conversion of Southampton Civic Centre to being heated by local reservoirs of geothermal energy.

Dr Whitehead sits as a non-executive director of a non-profit making company called SSEL Ltd,[citation needed] formed to deliver a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project, which was partially funded by the Government as part of the regeneration of outer Shirley [4][dead link]. The CHP system recycles the by-product ‘low grade heat’ made during the electricity generation process and uses the by-product to heat water which is piped to local homes. This scheme has been criticised by the current Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment & Transport, Matthew Dean, for being unviable and the Council’s involvement in the project has now ended.[citation needed]

Dr Whitehead’s Private Members Bill,[3] was ‘talked out’ by Conservative backbenchers in 2005, but many of the Bill’s most important aspects were incorporated into the Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Act 2006, sponsored by Mark Lazarowicz MP.

Dr Whitehead’s amendments to the bill[citation needed] included:

Dr Whitehead is an outspoken supporter of action on anthropogenic climate change, and has called debate by Members of Parliament who reject the scientific view a “flat earth love-in”.[4]

Clive Lewis who doesn’t seem to have any track record in the field of climate or energy, and is mostly famous for saying of his likelihood of victory in the 2015 election that he would only lose if he was “caught with [his] pants down behind a goat with Ed Miliband at the other end”.

Harry Harpham, who is the wild card here, having once been a NUM rep and striking Notts miner.

  1. oldbrew says:

    ‘She knows little about climate change or energy and is mostly a mouthpiece for’ …who?

  2. ivan says:

    It would appear that there isn’t one of them, except for Harpham, that has ever done any real work in the real world. What knowledge they might have is all theoretical and gained from listening to the voice of those that thing they are entitled to get something for nothing – not a good way to even consider being in opposition to the government, so once again any debate will be meaningless.

  3. Stephen Richards says:

    Brilliant shadow cab. Vegan farm secretary, political studyist for climate, any other competent members.

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    A Liberal talking head said the other day.”Conservatives have to think about their positions.” ” It is easy to be a liberal, you don’t have to think!”

    Just memorize your assigned talking points…pg

  5. Bryan says:

    Her father Lord Byres was a serial liar even by politicians lax standards.
    His department became infamous with the ‘good day to bury bad news’ operation at 9/11 massacre.

  6. BLACK PEARL says:

    She appears to have all the qualifications & experience required for a top class political animal

  7. J Martin says:

    Guess they decided they needed a “useful 12345” for that role. Not a good idea to employ someone who might, heaven forbid, think for themselves.

  8. Since when has any knowledge of your brief been necessary in politics? 🙂

  9. oldbrew says:

    ‘In January 2015 Gardiner admitted that the push by the previous Labour government to encourage car-buyers to opt for diesel vehicles in a bid to save the planet was “wrong”, identifying that a “massive problem for public health” had been created.’

    Only totally warped thinking (to put it politely) could lead anyone to imagine that buying a diesel car might in any way help to ‘save the planet’. Unfortunately this sort of absurdity is thrown in our faces on a daily basis in the media.

  10. Fanakapan says:

    Be interesting to see how Labour approach the ‘Scam’ now ? Especially as it seems unlikely that Jeremy would be dismissive of his brothers proven track record ?

    Although this growing trend of politicians children also going into the game is disturbing. All the more so as it seems to be the offspring of the duds who appear most eager, think Gummer, Kinnock, Blair et al 🙂

  11. tallbloke says:
    Author: Jillian Ambrose.

    The Labour party’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn controversially told the press in the run up to the leadership contest that his personal wish is for an energy industry under state control. But Lisa Nandy denied the move would form a part of the party’s plans.
    “Jeremy and I don’t want to nationalise energy. We want to do something much more radical. We want to democratise it,” Nandy told the Brighton-based conference.
    The dramatic row-back on Corbyn’s previous comments underlines the party’s intention to focus their energy agenda on community based energy schemes and collective switching.
    Nandy also vowed to back home-grown clean energy developers.
    “We want secure, affordable, energy, designed, built and owned by the people of our country, drawing on inspiration from around the world. Conference, at this historic moment, let’s change the story the Tories are writing,” Nandy said.
    Nandy took aim at the current government, saying the Conservatives are risking the UK’s economic security and the security of household budgets by “pulling the rug out” from domestic developers of renewable power and “paying over the odds” for the Hinkley nuclear power project.
    Elsewhere at the Labour party conference junior shadow energy minister Alan Whitehead said the “quite random and bizarre announcements” from Government cutting support for large- and small-scale renewables raises concerns about the extent to which investor confidence will be destablised over the next period.
    The call for investor certainty was backed by Energy UK chief executive Lawrence Slade, who told delegates that “more than anything else” cross-party consensus on energy policy is needed.
    “We need long-term, multi-parliamentary term commitment to a policy framework that gives international investors the confidence to invest tens of billions of pounds in the market to create the sustainable energy future we all deserve,” Slade said.
    Whitehead added that the shadow energy team would “scrutinise, analyse and make sure that policy is going in the right direction and, at the same time, develop our distinctive positon on energy policy”.

  12. Fanakapan says:

    Assuming that Fracking will be on full speed ahead now ? the energy supply business in the UK will be on the cusp of a change from scarcity to abundance ?

    Given that abundance would put the dampers on the suppliers trading years ahead, and then gouging the consumer, I’d not be at all surprised if the EnergyCo’s ‘Drifted’ back into public ownership ? It may well be the case that those companies would go from lucrative affairs into more mundane earners.

    It may also be the case that the more sentient of the political class will be aware of the change in landscape, and consequently be hard to pin down on long term policy ? Of course thats not to say that the mass of mediocrity that forms the bulk of the body politic will not be relied upon to express nonsense for our entertainment 🙂