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PremierLeague-News.Com - 'Needlessly flying around like this makes a complete mockery of her promises on net zero' say the Liberal Democrats
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Liz Truss has been chartering a “luxury” private helicopter to take her to events in the UK as part of her campaign to become the next prime minister, i has learnt.The Foreign Secretary has taken at least two or three helicopter flights in the two weeks since the leadership race was whittled down to a head-to-head vote of Tory members between her and Rishi Sunak.A spokesman for Ms Truss said it was “inevitable” that she would fly in a private helicopter as she tries to meet as many members as possible.But she faced criticism for flying instead of using more environmentally friendly options such as trains or cars, with the Liberal Democrats saying it “makes a complete mockery” of her backing of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.It is not the first time Ms Truss has found herself embroiled in controversy over a private flight.In January she was forced to defend flying on the private Government jet to Australia at a cost of £500,000 rather than using scheduled commercial flights that would have been faster and far cheaper.The journey to and from Australia, some 22,000 miles, is estimated to have burnt 150 tonnes of fuel and generated nearly 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).More from PoliticsWhat time the Tory hustings is tonight and how to watch Rishi Sunak vs Liz Truss Cardiff debate03 August, 2022Liz Truss's U-turn casts doubts that she'll be 'clean break' from Johnson despite poll lead03 August, 2022'Real danger' for Truss after policy blunder turns off grassroots and gives boost to Sunak03 August, 2022Commenting on Ms Truss’s helicopter campaigning, climate change spokeswoman Wera Hobhouse MP said: “Sadly this is what we’ve come to expect from Liz Truss’s Conservative Party. “Needlessly flying around like this makes a complete mockery of her promises on net zero.
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. “The heatwaves were a stark reminder that climate change is happening but Liz Truss has clearly forgotten this.“She is flying blind and has failed to address the climate crisis throughout the entire leadership contest.”i understands that Ms Truss has hired a helicopter owned by Castle Air, which has locations in London, Cornwall and Gloucestershire Airport. The company’s website says it offers “luxury private helicopter hire” in the UK.Sources claimed she had flown around 200 miles from Leeds to London after the first Tory leadership hustings last week, and a similar distance to and from Exeter where the second such event took place on Monday, but her campaign team refused to comment on the details.A spokesman for Ms Truss’s campaign said: “Liz is trying to meet as many members as possible over the course of this campaign, as she fights for every vote. “She will inevitably use many forms of transport as she criss-crosses the country.”The private hire flights are likely to have to be declared against Ms Truss’s campaign expenses, which are capped at £300,000.
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