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Sunak Eyes U-Turn on Onshore Wind as Tory Divisions Grow

  • Minister hints UK government may lift ban on new wind farms
  • New prime minister is finding ruling party difficult to manage
A wind turbine on the Red Tile Wind Farm near Cambridge, UK.
A wind turbine on the Red Tile Wind Farm near Cambridge, UK.Photographer: Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg
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One of Rishi Sunak’s senior Cabinet ministers hinted his government could drop an effective ban on new onshore wind farms, amid growing calls for a U-turn from members of his ruling Conservative Party.

More than 20 Tory members of Parliament, including Sunak’s predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, are trying to change proposed legislation aimed at boosting regional regeneration to facilitate building new wind farms.