Which election candidates have signed our pledge?

The general election that is scheduled for July 4, 2024, presents a significant chance to demand that subsidies for tree burning in UK power stations are stopped. We are requesting that all candidates running in the general election pledge to support the Stop Burning Trees Election/ Candidate Pledge which states “I support an end to all subsidies for burning wood in power stations.” The prospective parliamentary candidates who have endorsed the pledge are listed below in order of Constituency. We will add the most recent signatures to the list as soon as we can. If your name is not on the list of prospective lawmakers for the general election, click this link to learn how to get in touch with them. If you’re a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the general election is not listed you can click here to find out how you can contact them.

DaveDooganAngus And Perthshire GlensSNPBecause these subsidies are disgraceful and massive scale biomass is not climate compatibles
AlanReidArgyll Bute & South LochaberLiberal Democrat
JasonZadroznyAshfieldAshfield IndependentI have signed this pledge to end subsidies from tree burning in UK power stations. As a keen environmentalist, I have made protecting our environment my main driver as Leader of Ashfield District Council and will continue this work if elected as the new MP.
ChrisNevileBanburyClimate partyThe UK needs to prioritise clean renewable energy urgently . The Grid can move to this within 5 years and there will be no further need for carbon fuel generation
ArronBakerBanburyGreen PartyTrees are a key part of our biodiversity and we need to protect and increase our woodlands and forests
SimonAnthonyBarkingGreen PartyTrees should grow, then either be used or allowed to fall and rot naturally. They give us so much, we should take far less.
HelenTamblyn-SavilleBassetlawLiberal DemocratClimate change is an existential threat, and we must act to keep global temperature rises below 1.5 degrees.
WeraHobhouseBathLiberal Democrats
DomTristramBathGreen PartyIt is important that we end these subsidies.
Marshade CordovaBatterseaLabour Party
BenFoleyBedfordGreen Party
IanMiddletonBicester and WoodstockGreen PartyIt is illogical to grow trees to help capture carbon and then release the same carbon by burning the trees. There are far more advanced and environmentally friendly methods of creating power, we should be investing in those.
JoeSalmonBournemouth EastGreen Party
CeliaHicksonBradford EastGreen Party
FreyaSummersgillBrentford and IsleworthGreen PartyWe need to have honest conversations about how we produce our energy.
TimNormanBridlington and the WoldsYorkshire PartyEmissions need to be cut to a minimum and especially the destruction of forests create a double whammy and both need to be stopped to minimise the Climate Change Crisis.
SianBerryBrighton PavilionGreenInstead of burning trees for energy we need a coherent future facing energy policy for a greener fairer future for us all
AnnaWilliams WestwoodBurton and UttoxeterThe Green Party
OwainSuttonBury NorthGreen Party
LouiseMcDaidCentral AyrshireSocialist Labour PartyThe SLP wants the end to deforestation which has already destroyed large areas of rain forests and woodlands worldwide. If one traces back CO2 emissions to a time before deforestation worldwide it can be seen that the rainforests and woodlands generally were the main protector against CO2. We would end all subsidies (public money) to companies who burn our trees.
DanielWilsonCheltenhamGreen PartyTree burning is not green energy
MarkTebbuttChorleyGreen PartyBurring trees emits more carbon than coal and most of the wood comes from old growth forests in the USA and Canada and makes no sense when we have renewables and energy storage.
MartinPowell-DaviesChorleyTrade Unionist and Socialist Coalition“There aren’t many more outrageous examples as to how big business continues to prioritise profit over the planet – even while pretending to be “green” than this scandal”
MagsHallCowdenbeath and KirkcaldyScottish Green Party
MatthewSnedkerDarlingtonGreen PartyI believe that renewable energy subsidies should not be spent on supporting inefficient, high-carbon and polluting wood-burning power stations that are fuelling injustice and making the climate and nature emergencies worse.
ClareSlaterDaventryGreen PartyBurning trees is not the answer to climate change. We have technology for true clean energy without devastating forests and the vital carbon sink and habitat they provide
HelenWetherallDerbyshire DalesTrue and Fair Party
KeldaBoothroydDerbyshire DalesGreen PartySubsidies should be for the best solution. This is totally clean energy like solar and home insulation to reduce people’s bills.
LisaScottDorking and HorleyGreenout planet is not for profit
KarlDrinkwaterDwyfor MeirionnyddGreen PartyI’ve been an environmental campaigner since 1990! 🙂
KateCrosslandealing central and actonGreen
RichardKnightEast HampshireGreen PartyI know about this and this is greenwashing.
MikeMunsonEastbourneGreen PartyFor Climate Justice
JoPhillipsEdinburgh SouthScottish Greens
LukeBalnaveEdmonton & Winchmore HillGreen PartyThe fallacy of wood grown for burning; and moreover burning precious ancient woodland with all the increasingly rare sanctuary it once provided for a multitude of threatened, such as that perpetuated by Drax, is an act of environmental vandalism and grotesque greenwashing in the extreme. Moreover providing subsidies for these private entities to burn woodland, when it should be protecting i believe to be an environmental crime conducted by the government. Drax has no place on a habitable planet
AnnaSabineFrome and East SomersetLiberal Democrat
RachelCabralGateshead Central and WhickhamGreen Party
KieranPritchardGowerPlaid Cymru
ChrisEvansgowergreen partyWe must end all carboniferous forms of power generation for true renewables. Faux solutions like wood burning are just greenwash.
ZöeFranklinGuildfordLiberal Democrats
Samuel JamesJacksonHalifaxLiberal DemocratsProducing supposedly green energy by burning wood imported from overseas is self-defeating.
MartinHeyHalifaxGreen PartyThe Green Party and myself are committed to a truly sustainable future
NatalieSommersHarwich and North EssexLiberal DemocratsLiberal Democrats are in favour of withdrawing subsidies for biomass.Renewable energy subsidies should not be spent on supporting inefficient, high-carbon and polluting wood-burning power stations.
Freddievan MierloHenley and ThameLiberal Democrats
DianaToynbeeHereford and South HerefordshireGreen Party
RykDownesLeeds North WestLiberal Democrat
CarolWeaverLeicester SouthLiberal Democrats
AmeliaJonesLeigh and AthertonGreen Party
RobertWatsonLouth and HorncastleGreen Party
AndrewCooneyMaidenheadGreen Party
ParhamHashemiManchester CentralWorkers PartyI am committed to protecting our planet.
SamEasterby-SmithManchester WithingtonThe Green PartyBurning wood for electricity generation is ridiculous – it flies in the face of achieving decarbonisation and meeting our climate goals. The practice should have been stopped years ago.
RichardKilpatrickManchester WithingtonLiberal Democrat
BrianMathewMelksham and DevizesLiberal Democrats
catherinereadMelksham and DevizesThe Green PartyGrowing trees which absorb carbon only to be chopped down and burnt which then release the carbon is conuterproductive and ridiculous. Paying for that to be done is criminal and that money should be going to subsidise renwable energy from the sun, wind and water.
VikkiSladeMid Dorset and North PooleLiberal DemocratsBurning trees will not support our journey to Net Zero. Trees lock in carbon, and burning them undermines this as well as impacting biodiversity. We need to move to genuinely green solutions
DavidWattsNewarkLiberal Democrats
JamesMcDaidNorth Ayrshire and ArranSocialist Labour Party
ChloeTurnerNorth CotswoldsGreen PartyOur Green Party manifesto has a clear commitment that we would “We would end the practice of importing wood for burning at the Drax power station and end subsidies for biomass.”
EllieChownsNorth HerefordshireGreen Party
BenPriceNorwich NorthGreen Party
NadiaWhittomeNottingham EastLabour
LaylaMoranOxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratsLiberal Democrats are in favour of withdrawing subsidies for biomass
AndrewDaviesPenistone and StocksbridgeGreen
VivienLichtensteinQueen’s Park and Maida ValeGreen Party
IshtiaqAhmadRotherhamIndependentI SUPPORT THE PLEDGE IN FULL
JavedBashirSpen ValleyIndependentAs an independent candidate, I sign this pledge reduce state subsidies that do not contribute to sustainable actions for climate change.
MartinPriceSpen ValleyThe Green PartyI see the trains regularly going to Drax and it makes me so sad. This is not a green solution but is marketed as one. Greenwashing at its worst.
KathrynFisherSt Neots and Mid CambridgeshireGreen Party
ManuelaPerteghellaStratford-on-AvonLiberal DemocratsI support the withdrawal of subsidies for biomass.
DanJerromeStretford and UrmstonGreen PartyWe have a climate crisis and we need to stop burning trees. Trees offer so much value to our lives and we should protect them as much as possible.
JulianCusackSuffolk CoastalGreen Party
CateCodyTewkesburyGreen PartyThe Green Party completely agrees with this pledge.
AlexandraJenner-FustThornbury and YateGreen
ClaireYoungThornbury and YateLiberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats are committed to ending subsidies for biomass
PhilipDaviesTorfaenGreen PartyTree burning power station must be stopped immediately.
ArranBowen-la GrangeWatfordGreen Party
IanStotesburyWATFORDLiberal DemocratsSubsidising biomass is from a bygone era – renewable energy is the cheapest form of generating power and helps protect our planet and our natural environment.
TimFarronWestmorland and LonsdaleLiberal Democrat
JamesMonaghanWetherby & EasingwoldLiberal Democrats
PeterReisdorfWirral WestLiberal DemocratsBurning trees is completely unsustainable.
SonyaMallinWorthing WestGreen Party
LarsKrammYork CentralGreen Partyx