Lib Dem president backs decarbonisation target

The Liberal Democrat president, Tim Farron, has raised the prospect that his party is privately negotiating to reopen the green energy deal signed by the coalition last autumn in an attempt to introduce carbon reduction targets for the energy sector.

Farron wrote in a letter to a constituent that he supported the Yeo amendment. "The need to tackle climate change is urgent and this issue is too important to be used as some kind of political football. I am fully committed to this principle and I can assure you that rigorous efforts are being made to secure this amendment within the government."

"I believe that a legally binding target will help to secure confidence and investment in low carbon projects, which will serve to strengthen our green economy."