Labour plans to ban polluting private jets to stop ‘billionaires trashing the climate’

Labour is planning to ban gas-guzzling private jets because they allow “billionaires to trash the climate”, the party says.

It will examine “a phase-out date” for private planes powered by fossil fuels if Jeremy Corbyn wins the general election.

The move follows a study finding that a typical journey emits seven times as much greenhouse gas as the same journey in business class on a scheduled airline – and ten times as much as in economy class.

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Andy McDonald, Labour’s transport spokesman, backed the report, saying it was wrong for the very rich to cause such damage “when it’s the rest of us who will suffer the consequences”.

“Climate targets cannot be met without curbing pollution from air travel, and a passenger on a private jet produces ten times the emissions of someone on a regular flight. This simply cannot be ignored,” he said.

Mr McDonald argued that electric aircraft could replace the private jets currently in use within a few years, with “the right incentives” from government.

“Labour will examine these proposals closely and consult with industry on the introduction of a phase-out date for the use of fossil-fuel private jets,” he added.

The report by Common Wealth, a left-wing think tank, found there were 128,000 private jet flights between UK and European airports last year – 6 per cent of British air traffic.

An astonishing 40 per cent carried no passengers because aircraft were simply being “repositioned” for their owners.

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1/56 Ken Clarke – Independent

Former chancellor served as the member for Rushcliffe from 1970. Mr Clarke served most of his term as a conservative before he had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 8,010 in 2017

2/56 John Bercow – Independent

Former speaker of the commons served as the member for Buckingham from 1997. Mr Bercow served as a conservative until his election as speaker in 2009, a role that he retained until his resignation in October 2019

3/56 Amber Rudd – Independent

Former home secretary served as the member for Hastings and Rye from 2010. Ms Rudd served most of her term as a conservative before resigning the whip in October, citing concerns over the government’s approach to Brexit. Earned a majority of 346 in 2017

4/56 Rory Stewart – Independent

Former international development secretary served as the member for Penrith and The Border from 2010. Mr Stewart served as a conservative for most of his term until September 2019 when he had the whip withdrawn for voting against the government. Earned a majority on 15,910 in 2017

5/56 Vince Cable – Liberal Democrat

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats served as the member for Twickenham between 1997-2015 and 2017-2019. Earned a majority of 9,726 in 2017

6/56 Sir Oliver Letwin – Independent

Former chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster served as the member for West Dorset from 1997. Mr Letwin served most of his term as a conservative before he had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 19,091 in 2017

7/56 David Lidington – Conservative

Former chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster served as the member for Aylesbury from 1992. Earned a majority of 14,696 in 2017

8/56 Nicky Morgan – Conservative

Culture secretary served as the member for Loughborough from 2010. Earned a majority of 4,269 in 2017

9/56 Justine Greening – Independent

Former education secretary served as the member for Putney from 2005. Ms Greening served most of her term as a conservative before she had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 1,554 in 2017.

10/56 Jo Johnson – Conservative

Former universities minister served as member for Orpington from 2010. Mr Johnson is the brother of prime minister Boris Johnson. Earned a majority of 19,453 in 2017

11/56 Heidi Allen – Liberal Democrats

Served as the member for South Cambridgeshire from 2015. From 2015 to March 2019 Ms Allen was a member of the Conservatives, leaving to form ChangeUK, which she left in October to join the Liberal Democrats. Earned a majority of 15,952 in 2017

12/56 Nick Boles – Independent

Former skills minister served as the member for Grantham and Stamford from 2010. Mr Boles served most of his term as a conservative before resigning the whip in April 2019 in protest of the government’s approach to Brexit. Earned a majority of 20,094 in 2017

13/56 Hugo Swire – Conservative

Former commonwealth minister served as the member for East Devon from 2001. Earned a majority of 8,036 in 2017

14/56 Kate Hoey – Labour

Prominent Laboour brexiteer served as the member for Vauxhall from 1989. Earned a majority of 20,250 in 2017

15/56 Sir Alan Duncan – Conservative

Served as the member for Rutland and Melton from 1992. Earned a majority of 23,104 in 2017

16/56 Sir Nicholas Soames – Conservative

Former armed forces minister served as the member for Mid Sussex from 1997, having previously served as member for Crawley from 1983. Though Mr Soames served the majority of his term as a conservative, he briefly had the whip removed from September-October 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 19,673 in 2017

17/56 Owen Smith – Labour

Served as the member for Pontypridd from 2010. Challenged Jeremy Corbyn for leadership of the Labour party in 2016. Earned a majority of 11,448 in 2017

18/56 Jared O’Mara – Independent

Served as the member for Sheffield Hallam from 2017. Mr O’Mara was suspended in October 2017 over offensive comments made online. Earned a majority of 2,125 in 2017

19/56 Sir Michael Fallon – Conservative

Former defence secretary served as the member for Sevenoaks from 1997, having previously served as the member for Darlington from 1983-1992. Earned a majority of 21,917 in 2017

20/56 Stephen Twigg – Labour

Served as the member for Liverpool West Derby from 2010, having previously serve as the member for Enfield Southgate from 1997-2005. Earned a majority of 32,908 in 2017

21/56 Jim Fitzpatrick – Labour

Served as the member for Poplar and Limehouse from 1997. Earned a majority of 27,712 in 2017

22/56 Nick Hurd – Conservative

Former Northern Ireland minister served as the member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner from 2005. Earned a majority of 13,980 in 2017

23/56 Ronnie Campbell – Labour

Served as the member for Blyth Valley from 1987. Earned a majority of 7,915 in 2017

24/56 Geoffrey Robinson – Labour

Served as the member for Coventry North West from 1976. Earned a majority of 8,580 in 2017

25/56 Kevin Barron – Labour

Served as the member for Rother Valley from 1983. Earned a majority of 3,882 in 2017

26/56 Sir Patrick McLoughlin – Conservative

Served as the member for Derbyshire Dales from 1986. Earned a majority of 14,327 in 2017

27/56 David Tredinnick – Conservative

Served as the member for Bosworth from 1987. Earned a majority of 18,351 in 2017

28/56 Ann Clywd – Labour

Served as the member for Cynon Valley from 1984. Earned a majority of 13,238 in 2017

29/56 Jim Cunningham

Served as the member for Coventry South from 1992. Earned a majority of 7,947 in 2017

30/56 Stephen Pound – Labour

Served as the member for Ealing North from 1997. Earned a majority of 19,693 in 2017

31/56 Helen Jones – Labour

Served as the member for Warrington North from 1997. Earned a majority of 9,582 in 2017

32/56 Guto Bebb – Independent

Served as the member for Aberconwy from 2010. Mr Bebb served most of his term as a conservative before he had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 635 in 2017

33/56 Caroline Spelman – Consevative

Served as the member for Meriden from 1997. Earned a majority of 19,198 in 2017

34/56 Keith Simpson – Conservative

Served as the member for Broadland from 2010, having previously served for Mid Norfolk between 1997-2010. Earned a majority of 15,816 in 2017

35/56 Mark Prisk – Conservative

Served as the member for Hertford and Storford from 2001. Earned a majority of 19,035 in 2017

36/56 Claire Perry – Conservatives

Served as the member for Devizes from 2010. Earned a majority of 21,136 in 2017

37/56 Glyn Davies – Conservative

Served as the member for Montgomeryshire from 2010. Earned a majority of 9,285 in 2017

38/56 Roberta Blackman-Woods – Labour

Served as the member for City of Durham from 2005. Earned a majority of 12,364 in 2017

39/56 Mims Davies – Conservative

Served as the member for Eastleigh from 2015. Earned a majority of 13,238 in 2017

40/56 Teresa Pearce – Labour

Served as the member for Erith and Thamesmead from 2010. Earned a majority of 10,014 in 2017

41/56 Joan Ryan – ChangeUK

Served as the member for Enfield North from 2015. Ms Ryan was elected as a Labour MP before leaving to form ChangeUK in March 2019. Earned a majority of 10,247 in 2017

42/56 Jeremy LeFroy – Conservative

Served as the member for Stafford from 2010. Earned a majority of 7,729 in 2017
Served as the member for Ynys Mon from 2001. Earned a majority of 5,259 in 2017

44/56 Seema Kennedy – Conservative

Served as the member for South Ribble from 2015. Earned a majority of 7,421 in 2017

45/56 Adrian Bailey – Labour

Served as the member for West Bromwich West from 2000. Earned a majority of 4,460 in 2017

46/56 John Mann – Labour

Served as the member for Bassetlaw from 2001. Earned a majority of 4,852 in 2017

47/56 Mark Field – Conservative

Served as the member for Cities of London and Westminster from 2001. Earned a majority of 3,148 in 2017

48/56 Peter Heaton-Jones – Conservative

Served as the member for North Devon from 2015. Earned a majority of 4,332 in 2017

49/56 Norman Lamb – Liberal Democrat

Served as the member for North Norfolk from 2001. Earned a majority of 3,512 in 2017

50/56 Sarah Newton – Conservative

Served as the member for Truro and Falmouth from 2010. Earned a majority of 3,792 in 2017

51/56 Bill Grant – Conservative

Served as the member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock from 2017. Earned a majority of 2,774 in 2017

52/56 Ian Lucas – Labour

Served as the member for Wrexham from 2001. Earned a majority of 1,832 in 2017

53/56 Richard Harrington – Conservative

Served as the member for Watford from 2010. Though Mr Harrington served the majority of his term as a conservative, he briefly had the whip removed from September-October 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 2,092 in 2017

54/56 Gloria De Piero – Labour

Served as the member for Ashfield from 2010. Earned a majority of 35,947 in 2017

55/56 Paul Farrelly – Labour

Served as the member for Newcastle-under-Lyme from 2001. Earned a majority of 30 in 2017

56/56 Louise Ellman – Independent

Served as the member for Liverpool Riverside from 1997. Ms Ellman served most of her term as a Labour member before resigning from the party in October 2019 citing concerns over antisemitism. Earned a majority of 35,947 in 2017

1/56 Ken Clarke – Independent

Former chancellor served as the member for Rushcliffe from 1970. Mr Clarke served most of his term as a conservative before he had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 8,010 in 2017

2/56 John Bercow – Independent

Former speaker of the commons served as the member for Buckingham from 1997. Mr Bercow served as a conservative until his election as speaker in 2009, a role that he retained until his resignation in October 2019

3/56 Amber Rudd – Independent

Former home secretary served as the member for Hastings and Rye from 2010. Ms Rudd served most of her term as a conservative before resigning the whip in October, citing concerns over the government’s approach to Brexit. Earned a majority of 346 in 2017

4/56 Rory Stewart – Independent

Former international development secretary served as the member for Penrith and The Border from 2010. Mr Stewart served as a conservative for most of his term until September 2019 when he had the whip withdrawn for voting against the government. Earned a majority on 15,910 in 2017

5/56 Vince Cable – Liberal Democrat

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats served as the member for Twickenham between 1997-2015 and 2017-2019. Earned a majority of 9,726 in 2017

6/56 Sir Oliver Letwin – Independent

Former chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster served as the member for West Dorset from 1997. Mr Letwin served most of his term as a conservative before he had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 19,091 in 2017

7/56 David Lidington – Conservative

Former chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster served as the member for Aylesbury from 1992. Earned a majority of 14,696 in 2017

8/56 Nicky Morgan – Conservative

Culture secretary served as the member for Loughborough from 2010. Earned a majority of 4,269 in 2017

9/56 Justine Greening – Independent

Former education secretary served as the member for Putney from 2005. Ms Greening served most of her term as a conservative before she had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 1,554 in 2017.

10/56 Jo Johnson – Conservative

Former universities minister served as member for Orpington from 2010. Mr Johnson is the brother of prime minister Boris Johnson. Earned a majority of 19,453 in 2017

11/56 Heidi Allen – Liberal Democrats

Served as the member for South Cambridgeshire from 2015. From 2015 to March 2019 Ms Allen was a member of the Conservatives, leaving to form ChangeUK, which she left in October to join the Liberal Democrats. Earned a majority of 15,952 in 2017

12/56 Nick Boles – Independent

Former skills minister served as the member for Grantham and Stamford from 2010. Mr Boles served most of his term as a conservative before resigning the whip in April 2019 in protest of the government’s approach to Brexit. Earned a majority of 20,094 in 2017

13/56 Hugo Swire – Conservative

Former commonwealth minister served as the member for East Devon from 2001. Earned a majority of 8,036 in 2017

14/56 Kate Hoey – Labour

Prominent Laboour brexiteer served as the member for Vauxhall from 1989. Earned a majority of 20,250 in 2017

15/56 Sir Alan Duncan – Conservative

Served as the member for Rutland and Melton from 1992. Earned a majority of 23,104 in 2017

16/56 Sir Nicholas Soames – Conservative

Former armed forces minister served as the member for Mid Sussex from 1997, having previously served as member for Crawley from 1983. Though Mr Soames served the majority of his term as a conservative, he briefly had the whip removed from September-October 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 19,673 in 2017

17/56 Owen Smith – Labour

Served as the member for Pontypridd from 2010. Challenged Jeremy Corbyn for leadership of the Labour party in 2016. Earned a majority of 11,448 in 2017

18/56 Jared O’Mara – Independent

Served as the member for Sheffield Hallam from 2017. Mr O’Mara was suspended in October 2017 over offensive comments made online. Earned a majority of 2,125 in 2017

19/56 Sir Michael Fallon – Conservative

Former defence secretary served as the member for Sevenoaks from 1997, having previously served as the member for Darlington from 1983-1992. Earned a majority of 21,917 in 2017

20/56 Stephen Twigg – Labour

Served as the member for Liverpool West Derby from 2010, having previously serve as the member for Enfield Southgate from 1997-2005. Earned a majority of 32,908 in 2017

21/56 Jim Fitzpatrick – Labour

Served as the member for Poplar and Limehouse from 1997. Earned a majority of 27,712 in 2017

22/56 Nick Hurd – Conservative

Former Northern Ireland minister served as the member for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner from 2005. Earned a majority of 13,980 in 2017

23/56 Ronnie Campbell – Labour

Served as the member for Blyth Valley from 1987. Earned a majority of 7,915 in 2017

24/56 Geoffrey Robinson – Labour

Served as the member for Coventry North West from 1976. Earned a majority of 8,580 in 2017

25/56 Kevin Barron – Labour

Served as the member for Rother Valley from 1983. Earned a majority of 3,882 in 2017

26/56 Sir Patrick McLoughlin – Conservative

Served as the member for Derbyshire Dales from 1986. Earned a majority of 14,327 in 2017

27/56 David Tredinnick – Conservative

Served as the member for Bosworth from 1987. Earned a majority of 18,351 in 2017

28/56 Ann Clywd – Labour

Served as the member for Cynon Valley from 1984. Earned a majority of 13,238 in 2017

29/56 Jim Cunningham

Served as the member for Coventry South from 1992. Earned a majority of 7,947 in 2017

30/56 Stephen Pound – Labour

Served as the member for Ealing North from 1997. Earned a majority of 19,693 in 2017

31/56 Helen Jones – Labour

Served as the member for Warrington North from 1997. Earned a majority of 9,582 in 2017

32/56 Guto Bebb – Independent

Served as the member for Aberconwy from 2010. Mr Bebb served most of his term as a conservative before he had the whip withdrawn in September 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 635 in 2017

33/56 Caroline Spelman – Consevative

Served as the member for Meriden from 1997. Earned a majority of 19,198 in 2017

34/56 Keith Simpson – Conservative

Served as the member for Broadland from 2010, having previously served for Mid Norfolk between 1997-2010. Earned a majority of 15,816 in 2017

35/56 Mark Prisk – Conservative

Served as the member for Hertford and Storford from 2001. Earned a majority of 19,035 in 2017

36/56 Claire Perry – Conservatives

Served as the member for Devizes from 2010. Earned a majority of 21,136 in 2017

37/56 Glyn Davies – Conservative

Served as the member for Montgomeryshire from 2010. Earned a majority of 9,285 in 2017

38/56 Roberta Blackman-Woods – Labour

Served as the member for City of Durham from 2005. Earned a majority of 12,364 in 2017

39/56 Mims Davies – Conservative

Served as the member for Eastleigh from 2015. Earned a majority of 13,238 in 2017

40/56 Teresa Pearce – Labour

Served as the member for Erith and Thamesmead from 2010. Earned a majority of 10,014 in 2017

41/56 Joan Ryan – ChangeUK

Served as the member for Enfield North from 2015. Ms Ryan was elected as a Labour MP before leaving to form ChangeUK in March 2019. Earned a majority of 10,247 in 2017

42/56 Jeremy LeFroy – Conservative

Served as the member for Stafford from 2010. Earned a majority of 7,729 in 2017
Served as the member for Ynys Mon from 2001. Earned a majority of 5,259 in 2017

44/56 Seema Kennedy – Conservative

Served as the member for South Ribble from 2015. Earned a majority of 7,421 in 2017

45/56 Adrian Bailey – Labour

Served as the member for West Bromwich West from 2000. Earned a majority of 4,460 in 2017

46/56 John Mann – Labour

Served as the member for Bassetlaw from 2001. Earned a majority of 4,852 in 2017

47/56 Mark Field – Conservative

Served as the member for Cities of London and Westminster from 2001. Earned a majority of 3,148 in 2017

48/56 Peter Heaton-Jones – Conservative

Served as the member for North Devon from 2015. Earned a majority of 4,332 in 2017

49/56 Norman Lamb – Liberal Democrat

Served as the member for North Norfolk from 2001. Earned a majority of 3,512 in 2017

50/56 Sarah Newton – Conservative

Served as the member for Truro and Falmouth from 2010. Earned a majority of 3,792 in 2017

51/56 Bill Grant – Conservative

Served as the member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock from 2017. Earned a majority of 2,774 in 2017

52/56 Ian Lucas – Labour

Served as the member for Wrexham from 2001. Earned a majority of 1,832 in 2017

53/56 Richard Harrington – Conservative

Served as the member for Watford from 2010. Though Mr Harrington served the majority of his term as a conservative, he briefly had the whip removed from September-October 2019 for voting against the government. Earned a majority of 2,092 in 2017

54/56 Gloria De Piero – Labour

Served as the member for Ashfield from 2010. Earned a majority of 35,947 in 2017

55/56 Paul Farrelly – Labour

Served as the member for Newcastle-under-Lyme from 2001. Earned a majority of 30 in 2017

56/56 Louise Ellman – Independent

Served as the member for Liverpool Riverside from 1997. Ms Ellman served most of her term as a Labour member before resigning from the party in October 2019 citing concerns over antisemitism. Earned a majority of 35,947 in 2017

The report noted that private jets were “more amenable to rapid electrification” because they tend be small and relatively light, were tests already underway.

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Last month, a separate study said that “superemitters” who fly frequently on private jets had carbon footprints up to 300 times bigger than the average person’s.

Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire who has described his private jet as his “guilty pleasure” and “big splurge”, had the biggest carbon footprint of the ten celebrities whose travel habits were examined.

He took 59 flights in 2017, travelling 213,000 miles and producing 1,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide, compared to a global average of less than five tonnes per person.

Labour’s stance on private jets forms part of its hopes of putting climate change at the heart of the election campaign, alongside Brexit and ending austerity.

It has already promised to upgrade almost every home in the UK with loft insulation and double glazing to tackle the climate crisis and bring down household bills.

Work to install the energy-saving measures and renewable and low-carbon technologies in nearly 27 million homes by 2030 would create 450,000 jobs and cost the government £60bn, Labour said.

Some £21bn would come from loans to regional energy agencies and £169bn out of savings from household energy bills, with £60bn of additional borrowing.

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