Author Archives: Alastair Harper

About Alastair Harper

Alastair joined Green Alliance in January 2012 as the senior policy adviser leading Green Alliance's Political Leadership theme. He manages the Climate Leadership Programme for MPs and joint advocacy work with the NGO community.

Why the Prime Minister is going to the New York climate summit  

A version of this post was first published by the New Statesman. A new joint report from Green Alliance, WWF, Christian Aid, RSPB and Greenpeace believes we will have a global agreement on tackling climate change by the end of next … Continue reading

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Why Miliband and Cameron shouldn’t be shy about climate change

A version of this article was first published on Labour List. At last year’s party conference, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna said to a public meeting that he had recommended Labour’s electoral team to make a television broadcast around Ed … Continue reading

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From huskies to now: 10 examples that show Tory green thinking is alive and well

Some Conservative commentators have argued that the vote blue/go green period of David Cameron’s leadership was unconsidered advertising, not built on any foundation of conservative philosophy. But a review of recent conservative writing on green issues suggests otherwise.  The writers … Continue reading

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Why politics really needs civil society

The Lobbying Bill is now an Act and will make life more difficult for civil society. The ball is in Labour’s court to announce that they would repeal it if elected. That may make it easier for the other two parties to catch … Continue reading

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Conference diary: where now for green conservatism?

In his latest post from the party conferences,  Green Alliance’s  Alastair Harper reports from Manchester. This piece first appeared on BusinessGreen. There’s something surreal about the way the parties shuffle the same cities for their annual conferences. Last night, I sat in on a … Continue reading

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Conference diary: Labour’s sunny spells

Green Alliance’s roving diarist of the party conference season, Alastair Harper, gives his view from the Labour conference in Brighton. It first appeared on BusinessGreen. I am by the beach in perfect weather and this has been my office for the past … Continue reading

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Conference diary: do the Lib Dems have any big green ideas left?

Green Alliance’s very own roving diarist of the party conference season, Alastair Harper, is back again this year with his first posting from the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Glasgow. It first appeared on BusinessGreen. This is the year the parties position themselves for the … Continue reading

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The return of the politicians to the green economy fray

This post first appeared on BusinessGreen. For three years business leaders and civil society have led the drive to decarbonise our economy. Politicians have remained almost silent. But this silence may be about to end. Earlier this month, Ed Balls became the … Continue reading

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Never turn your back on a crumb

This post first appeared on Business Green. It’s sometimes hard to know if we’re winning or losing. Last weekend we learned from Greenpeace that “in pushing for a 50 per cent European carbon cut by 2030, Ed Davey and the Prime Minister have … Continue reading

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Stop worrying about mystery lobbyists, the green economy is winning

This post first appeared on Business Green. On Friday afternoon, a spoof twitter account sent the great and the good of the energy world into a frenzy of speculation. It was the climax of an odd week, during which everyone … Continue reading

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