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UK leaders make climate vow

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg agree high-level actions to curb carbon

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The leaders of the UK's three main political parties have pledged a cross-party fight against climate change.

The agreement was signed as part of the Climate Coalition's Show the Love campaign and includes a trio of high-level actions.

David Cameron of the Conservatives, Ed Miliband of Labour and Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats agreed to "seek a fair, strong, legally-binding global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below two degrees celsius".

The trio also will "work together across party lines to agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act".

Finally, the three leaders will "accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low-carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation".

The deal has been widely welcomed by industry and climate campaigners.

Siemens chief executive Juergen Maier said: “The low-carbon transition represents a major economic opportunity and a consistent UK policy framework was a crucial factor in Siemens’ decision to make a multi-million pound investment in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Hull.

"This demonstration of cross-party support sends a clear message that the UK remains a good place for global companies to do low-carbon business."

Former US vice president Al Gore said: "The political courage it represents on all sides is exactly what our world most needs in order to solve the climate crisis."

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