Green Britain: John Ingham and Dale Vince discuss campaign
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The Leader of the House of Commons joined retirement home boss Sue Peachey, who demonstrated outside her local Sainsbury’s to urge it to install working charge points for electric vehicles. Sue, 56, bought an EV after taking part in last year’s Climate Assembly, which brought together members of the public and scientists to discuss how to tackle global warming.
But in her local constituency, Bath and North East Somerset, there are just 62 public charge points – one for every 3,000 people. And only three are rapid chargers.
Sue said: I’m a Sainsbury’s shopper, I drive an electric car – but the only charging point at any of the Sainsbury’s stores in my area has been broken for six months and, anyway, it’s the wrong kind.
“It’s time for big companies like Sainsbury’s to step up and help ordinary people like me do their bit to fight climate change.
“It’s no good building electric cars in Sunderland if we haven’t got anywhere to charge them.”
Mr Rees-Mogg, who joined Sue outside Midsomer Norton’s Sainsbury’s store said: “This is not old school ‘hair shirt’ environmentalism making lives more difficult. It is about technological change and convenience. That’s why I admire the Express Green Britain campaign, with its common sense calls for action, and I’m supporting Sue in her campaign to get car charging points at all Sainsbury’s in the area by 2025.”
Sainsbury’s said: “We have ambitious plans for our next generation charging points, and we’re contacting Sue and Mr Rees-Mogg to reassure of them of this.”
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