RISHI Sunak is set to surrender to Tory wind-farm rebels – despite vowing to make it harder to build them in his leadership campaign.
Business Secretary Grant Shapps hinted the PM may climb down and allow the ban on onshore wind to be dropped.
Last night he insisted there was no internal rebellion and everyone was “on the same page” that there would be more wind needed in future.
Maar Mr Sunak had promised to keep the ban in the summer leadership campaign in August, sê: “as Prime Minister I would scrap plans to relax the ban on onshore wind in England”.
Mr Shapps said that the PM had told him just weeks ago he supported building more windfarms.
Hy het aan gegaan: “There is definitely a contribution to be made by onshore wind.
“So, we all believe the same thing.” But they should not be shoved up “willy nilly” without the backing of locals, he insisted.
No10 said yesterday that the Government considers amendments to Bills “as they’re put forward” and that Mr Sunak is seeking “views from both sides” of the issue.
Rebels think they are nearing 35 MPs on their bid to relax the ban – which would effectively overturn the Government’s majority on the issue.
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