No 10 accused of ‘cavalier attitude’ to UK’s climate summit duties

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Boris Johnson’s advisers did not understand how vital UN Cop26 talks were, former minister tells MPs

Boris Johnson’s team had a “cavalier attitude” to hosting a vital UN climate summit in the UK, taking the view “they could wing it with a few press releases and that would all be fine” rather than putting serious work into the talks, the sacked former minister originally in charge has said.

Claire O’Neill was appointed by Johnson to head the Cop26 summit in September 2019 but was summarily dismissed on the eve of the launch of the UK’s presidency in February this year.

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