November 4, 2019 / 11:24 AM / 14 days ago

Labour Party will examine proposal to ban private jets

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party said on Monday it would examine closely a proposal to ban private jets and consult with the industry about a phase out date for the use of fossil-fuel private planes.

Andy McDonald, the opposition spokesman for the transport sector, said a report from the Common Wealth think tank proposing a ban on private jets made a “very convincing argument”.

“Why is the government enabling billionaires to trash the climate when it’s the rest of us who will suffer the consequences?” he said in a statement.

“In just a few years’ time it will be possible for these journeys to be made by electric aircraft – so long as government puts in place the right incentives. 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.”

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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