"Climate Change is the defining issue of our age. Previous generations had to deal with the rise of Nazism or communism. This is the issue on which my generation of politicians will be judged. This is our Dunkirk."

– Richard Benyon MP

That is the extraordinary answer the Tory MP for Newbury gave to a Rough Guide survey on climate change.

MPs were asked three questions by the Rough Guide’s Mark Ellingham on how seriously they took climate change as politicians and as responsible, active citizens.  The Independent concludes that "their replies show a Parliament almost unanimous in its belief that this is the major issue, bar none (Scottish MP Brian Donohoe is a lone sceptic among our respondents, looking forward to a warmer garden)."

The response rate was exceptionally high amongst LibDems (88.9%) and lowest amongst Labour MPs (39.7%).  58.1% of Tory MPs replied – the 41.9% hopefully including MPs with Lord Lawson’s sceptical perspective and some who are more worried about nuclear proliferation or other immediate security challenges.  Such MPs would be what Mr Benyon would probably call ‘climate change deniers’.

If you want to see if your MP responded… The Independent publishes the answers each MP gave to Rough Guide’s three questions.

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