Tim Farron, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has called for a “green industrial revolution” during a speech that criticised the Tory government’s track record on climate policy.

Farron wants to see a publicly-owned British Infrastructure Bank to replace the Green Investment Bank, which is being sold off.

He accused the Prime Minister of “pandering” to new United States President Donald Trump.

He criticised the lack of connections between the UK Government’s national infrastructure plan, its new industrial strategy and the country’s universities.

May is a ‘climate-ignorer’

Farron said: “When Ed Davey and before him Chris Huhne ran the Department for Energy & Climate Change, the wrestling match was between us and the Treasury, and we usually won.

“Now it is between Greg Clark and Number 10, and nice guy though he is, he loses every day.

“Theresa May is a climate-ignorer and has a lot to answer for.”

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