Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard MP has branded the Prime Minister ‘plane stupid’ over his decision to fly in to this year’s G7 summit.
Boris Johnson has drawn criticism from politicians and pundits alike for choosing to fly the 400km from London to Newquay aboard his private jet. According to Business Insider’s analysis of Government data, the 35-minute trip produced 97.5kg of greenhouse gases per passenger, more than five times as many as an equivalent journey by train.
Labour ’s Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard MP said:
“This trip was plane stupid.
“There’s no trainline from Cornwall to Washington or Tokyo but there is to London. The Prime Minister should have taken the train, not got a plane.”
The Prime Minister defended the journey by claiming that the UK is taking a lead on developing sustainable aviation fuel. However, several MPs and journalists united in condemning the decision as ‘out of touch’.
Click here to read The Mirror’s coverage of the Prime Minister’s flight from London to the South West for this year’s G7 summit.