Boris Johnson and Liz Truss join Tory backbenchers’ rebellion in support of onshore wind farms

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss join Tory MPs’ revolt in support of onshore wind farms

  • Boris Johnson and Liz Truss have joined Tory rebels in ending the wild winds ban
  • As prime minister, Truss has been relaxing rules banning onshore wind farms
  • But Rishi Sunak reverses this move and faces rebellion from their MPs

Former prime ministers Boris Johnson and Liz Truss have joined the Tory back-end rebellion to lift a ban on new onshore wind farms.

Challenging the authority of their successor, Rishi Sunak, they signed an amendment to allow wild plantations, subject to local approval.

They supported former Cabinet Secretary Simon Clarke’s motion to amend the Settlement and Renewal Bill passing through Parliament.

The change will force ministers to allow applications for onshore wind farms by revising planning guidelines.

During her brief tenure at No. 10, Miss Truss has pledged to ease planning laws that have led to a virtual ban on wind farms since 2015, and bring them in line with other developments.

But Sunak scrapped politics when he became prime minister last month.

Winds of change: huge turbines at Kilmarsh wind farm in Northamptonshire

Winds of change: huge turbines at Kilmarsh wind farm in Northamptonshire

Former prime ministers Boris Johnson (pictured) and Liz Truss have joined Tory MPs' revolt to lift a ban on new onshore wind farms

Liz Truss (pictured) has promised to ease planning laws that have led to a virtual ban on wind farms since 2015

Former prime ministers Boris Johnson (left) and Les Truss (right) join the Tory back-end rebellion to lift a ban on new onshore wind farms

Johnson once claimed that wind farms could not “skin the rice pudding”, but he later backed it up, saying he wanted Britain to become “the Saudi Arabia of the wind”.

However, he did not lift the ban during his three-year term after the cabinet split, instead pushing for a major expansion of offshore wind power. Johnson and Miss Truss’ decision to rebel against the government, revealed by The Times, marks their first public act of opposition as MPs.

It will ring alarm bells at Number 10 that they feel emboldened to rebel against Mr Sunak’s premiership soon.

Their support for the revolution comes in the same week that nearly 50 MPs and former Cabinet ministers signed a series of amendments to the Settlement Bill that would scrap Westminster’s mandatory local housing targets and instead make them advisory – forcing the government to draw the vote on the day. Monday.

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss have challenged the authority of their successor, Rishi Sunak (pictured), to sign an amendment to allow wild farming subject to local approval

Boris Johnson and Liz Truss have challenged the authority of their successor, Rishi Sunak (pictured), to sign an amendment to allow wild farming subject to local approval

The rebels have warned that support for the Conservatives in Britain could collapse if the government does not help people move up the housing ladder through a building spree.

Mr Clark said last night he was “delighted” to enlist the support of Mr Johnson and Miss Truss “along with MPs from across the Tory party for my amendment to allow wild winds where (and only where) it is approved by the community”.

“Pro-growth, pro-green politics at a time when we need both,” he wrote on Twitter.

Former Prime Minister David Cameron introduced an effective ban on onshore wind farms in 2015. Developers had to address any local concerns about a potential park, and only one person could stop the project.

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