UK Politics

Labour Party:Gordon Brown in Copenhagen

News   •   Dec 18, 2009 10:04 GMT

Labour's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown has spoken about his initial talks with world leaders in Copenhagen and his intention to bring people together to get a deal.

Attending the climate change summit in Copenhagen, Gordon Brown said that he hoped there would be an agreement by the end of the week - with a legally binding treaty following in subsequent months.

On the financial aspects of the deal, the Prime minister outlined the need to help developing countries. Britain has pledged £1.5 billion over the next three years to fund anti-global warming initiatives.

Gordon Brown said:

"This deal matters for Britain. I think if we could get a carbon change, then it is worth about half a million jobs to Britain in the longer run, so it is worth it for jobs.

"But I also think our children, growing up, going to school every day, I don’t want them to live in a world of floods, of droughts, of extreme weather.

"It is really important, therefore, for Britain that we get this deal and it is important that I do everything I can in the next few days to make that possible."