The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, whose party is enjoying a dramatic surge in support, has come under attack from the Green Party for promoting the Liberal Democrats as the environmental option in the election.
The Liberal Democrats yesterday (19 April) launched a “plan for an immediate green job creation package, taking over £3 billion of savings to invest in housing, transport and green energy”.
Clegg argued that this would “provide an immediate jobs boost and help provide the green infrastructure we need for a low carbon economy”.
But the Green Party slammed Clegg's green jobs plan as wholly inadequate to tackle the environmental and economic problems facing the UK.
“The number of jobs involved in the LibDem plan are far less than Britain needs, the resulting CO2 reductions are inadequate, and £3 billion is frankly a derisory amount when we're talking about the future job prospects of so many people and the seriousness of climate change” said a Green Party spokesperson.
The spokesperson insisted that, “There is only one Green Party”.
Clegg said that the Liberal Democrat plan would create 30,000 jobs through the use of £3.1 billion that could be saved from public spending and invested in wind energy, energy efficiency in public buildings and bringing empty homes back into use through renovation
But the Greens say that their own “fully-costed job creation plan” would use a £44 billion investment package that would create a million new jobs across the UK.
Darren Johnson, a Green member of the London Assembly who is standing in Lewisham Deptford, insisted today that his party's investment programme would “simultaneously tackle the three biggest problems we face – a failing economy, rampant inequality and catastrophic climate change”.
Announcing that there will be a Green candidate in every one of London's 73 constituencies, Johnson added, “The Green Party is offering something very different to the other mainstream parties – a bold and radical set of policies that appeal to voters”.
The Green Party is fielding candidates in over 300 seats in the general election.