Cameron Smith, spokesman for the Conservative Environment Network, told i: “The lesson from the Uxbridge by-election is that environmental action is only popular if it’s fair and affordable. ULEZ expansion failed that test.
“But voters won’t reward the Conservatives for ditching popular net zero policies, which will lower people’s bills, create jobs and win investment.
“With 150 Conservative parliamentarians in the CEN’s caucus, support for net zero remains high on the backbenches. The Prime Minister should stick to the party’s manifesto promise to end our country’s contribution to climate change, of which ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 is a crucial step.”