Labour’s Barry Gardiner mocked over flight to climate change meeting –’Land of lost irony

Environmental Barry Gardner


Mr Gardiner, who only recently lectured the UK for not taking enough responsibly for the ‘climate change emergency’ was ferociously mocked online for comments about his journey to and from a climate change conference, which also saw him moan about his flight home being delayed. The post, also an announcement on his nominations for the Labour Party leadership, read: “Despite my plane back from the Climate Conference being four hours late — I have just managed to cast my nomination for @RLong_Bailey & @DawnButlerBrent. “I will be voting for @AngelaRayner for Deputy but she kindly agreed I should help get our friend over the magic number of 22!”

Twitter users were quick to comment.

One said: “Plane back from climate conference what a waste of tax payers money.”

A second added: “Beginning to think Climate Conferences are a major source of #climatechange #ironybypass.”

Another said: “See any contradiction in the first sentence – plane and Climate conference?”

A fourth added: “Plane back from Climate Conference, way to save the planet Mr G.”

Another said: “Can you not see the contradiction in this? I’m certain there will have been a call at the conference for a reduction in air travel.”

A sixth comment read: “So you took a plane to the climate conference when all of you could have stayed in your own countries and Skyped.”

Another added: “Unbelievable opening sentence… with politicians like this, there is little hope.”

Another said: “Plane back from the climate conference… surely it would be better to not have the conference, think of all the emissions saved by cancelling it.”

One other comment read: “The land of lost irony.”

It comes weeks after Mr Gardiner delivered scathing comments demanding the whole of the UK take more responsibly over climate change.

He said: “We’re facing a climate emergency and we all need to take responsibility over reducing our own carbon footprint.”

The comments come as the five Labour leadership hopefuls were today announced.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry all secured enough votes from their Labour colleagues to make the cut.

Clive Lewis withdrew just minutes before the deadline after failing to secure enough votes.

Rosena Allin Khan, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray and Angela Rayner have also succeeded in the deputy leader contest.

Sir Keir said: “I’m pleased to have received the support of colleagues in Parliament to make it to the next phase of this contest.

“This has been a good-natured and respectful start to the debate about the future of the Labour Party.

“Lots of important issues have been raised by all the candidates in the race so far.”

He appointed Labour MPs Carolyn Harris and David Lammy to act as vice-chairs of his campaign. Mr Corbyn will stand down from his role in April.



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