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After the resignation of the former minister, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing the challenge of by-elections.

London, January 5 (Language) British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced a by-election challenge on Friday as a former energy minister resigned as a Conservative Party MP over the new oil and gas production law coming to Parliament next week. given.

Chris Skidmore, who was energy minister under former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said he is resigning as Tory MP for Kingswood in Gloucestershire, south-west England, following his “personal decision” to resign from the constituent parliament. Members were entitled to. Continue in Commons.

Skidmore, 42, had already announced plans not to contest the next general election, but his hasty exit means Sunak will be forced to contest a by-election, which is often considered a harbinger of final election results in a general election year. is seen as.

“This bill will actually allow more frequent new oil and gas licenses and increased new fossil fuel production in the North Sea,” Skidmore said in his resignation letter posted on Twitter.

He said, “I can no longer tolerate this. The climate crisis we face is too important to be politicized or ignored.”

The Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill, which will come up when Parliament returns on Monday after the Christmas recess, would allow oil and gas companies to bid for new licenses to drill for fossil fuels each year.

Skidmore warned MPs who voted for it next week that they would be judged “harshly” in the future.

He said: “It is a tragedy that the UK has been allowed to lose its climate leadership, at a time when our businesses, industries, universities and civil society organizations are providing first-class leadership and expertise to so many people around the world. Are doing, inspiring good change.

“I cannot vote for the Bill next week. The future will judge harshly those who do so. At a time when we must commit to greater climate action, we have the power to boost fossil fuel production in the future.” There is no more time to waste. This is the ultimate cause of the environmental crisis we are facing.” The bill was unveiled on the UK government’s legislative agenda in the King’s Speech, which laid out Sunak’s plan to support future licensing of new oil and gas fields, “to help the country go net by 2050 without placing an undue burden on households.” Will help in turning into zero.” , Sunak has said the bill, which would allow companies to bid annually for new licenses to drill for fossil fuels in the North Sea, would protect jobs and improve Britain’s energy security by reducing its exposure to volatile international markets. Will strengthen.

“We will now have a more practical, proportionate and realistic approach that will reduce the burden on families. All this while doubling down on the new green industries of the future. In a democracy, this is the only realistic path to net zero,” he said last year in reference to his energy strategy.

On Thursday, the British Indian leader indicated he hoped to hold a general election in the second half of the year. The ruling Conservatives now face voters ahead of a by-election. PTI AK Roop

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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