Stunned Labour councillors seemed unaware on Monday night of the information revealed by the Liberal Democrats about Haringey Council’s use of domestic flights. Gasps from the public gallery greeted Liberal Democrat Cllr Ed Butcher’s revelations that, despite a promise to not use domestic flights for council business, 17,038 miles were travelled on flights within the UK in the past two years.
At last night’s Full Council meeting councillors debated a motion to agree to support the Friends of the Earth campaign to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020. Liberal Democrats highlighted Labour’s failure on the environment and tackling climate change – the broken promise on domestic flights was given as an example of this failure.
Liberal Democrats have now demanded details of when the flights were taken, who travelled, the destination and the cost to the taxpayer.
Cllr Ed Butcher (Stroud Green) comments:
“It was red faces all round in the Labour Group. Embarrassed Labour councillors seemed unaware that their own policy had been broken and this is an example of their lack of grip on this council’s administration.
”The serious issue is that, once again, Labour has said that they will stop the use of domestic flights for council business yet they have broken their promise.”
Lynne Featherstone MP adds:
“Local residents will not be able to believe a word Haringey Labour says about the environment. Their green credentials are now dead in the water.”
This looks bad. Do you or colleagues have details of these trips yet? For example, are some of them school trips?