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Uxbridge by-election was not won on ‘anti-environmental’ vote, warns May

Theresa May has warned her party not to overinterpret last summer’s Uxbridge by-election as an “anti-environment” vote.

Tory success in Boris Johnson’s former constituency, after a campaign largely focused on opposition to the expansion of the ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) in London, saw some backbenchers urge the Prime Minister to ditch net-zero pledges.

The months since have seen Rishi Sunak announce delays to the ban on new petrol and diesel cars as well as watering down requirements on the sale of oil and gas boilers, while saying his Government was still committed to the net-zero-by-2050 target.


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