Johan Eliasch, millionaire businessman, Cool Earth founder and past Tory donor, has just accepted an invitation from the UK’s prime minister Gordon Brown to become his special envoy on the environment and climate change.
Mr Eliasch will now advise the Prime Minister on deforestation and green energy , but it is understood that he will not go so far as to join the Labour party. In a statement issued to the BBC, he said climate change was a non-party matter and he did not want to be involved in any political party. He will not renew his membership of the Conservative party when it lapses next month.
It emerged today that when Mr Eliasch quit his party role, he had already been privately approached by Mr Brown. But when he went to Tory headquarters last Friday to resign as deputy treasurer he did not mention his new job offer.
“Climate change is my particular interest and I have already set up an organisation called Cool Earth to address this global issue,” he said today.
“There is a universal agreement that climate change must be addressed so this is not a political party issue and therefore I shall not be a member of any political party during this important work. “I look forward to a very challenging task and hope to make a real difference to both UK domestic policy and global policy.”
Source: The Times.