November 4, 2019 / 11:33 AM / 9 days ago

UK's Labour Party will examine proposal to ban private jets

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during general election campaign event in Swindon, Britain November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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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