THE Conservative parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon has challenged the new Prime Minister to increase tree coverage in the UK.

James Fredrickson, who hopes to unseat Layla Moran in the next general election, said the policy could be a 'welcome opportunity to see cross party collaboration' on the issue.

Friends of the Earth has launched a national campaign to double tree cover across the country by 2045, which is backed by its Oxford branch.

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Mr Fredrickson said: “Recent discussion about tackling climate change has focused on which councils are declaring a climate emergency and which aren’t.

"While that has been extremely helpful, I would like to see the debate move on to discussing the practical policies we can pursue to improve air quality and tackle our carbon footprint."

He will be putting his challenge to Tory leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt at a party hustings event next week.