Kent is part of “Blue Wall” of Tory-majority constituencies. But in the recent local elections in two swing local council areas, Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone, the conservatives lost their majority, which means some parties will need to collaborate to form a working local government. A look at the party manifestos for these elections shows that all of them have “green” proposals which should help collaboration on these issues.
Furthermore, a recent poll of Conservative voters have revealed that they are in favour of net-zero goals, and oppose any attempt by this government to roll them back under the influence of right-wing pressure. This is especially true of working class conservatives who anticipate more jobs will flow from projects linked to net-zero targets.