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NOT MUCH COP; World leaders disappointed at deal after India & China watered down agreement Tory party cuts to overseas aid 'undermined calls for climate finance to be stepped up'.

Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

BORIS Johnson has admitted "disappointment" over the Cop26 climate deal, while Labour has claimed the UK's decision to slash foreign aid "undermined" the conference.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister insisted the summit had "sounded the death knell for coal power" but accepted the pact did not go far enough.

Alok Sharma, COP President, was emotional as world leaders backed a deal to "phase down" rather than "phase out" reliance on coal at the UN summit, on Saturday, but said the agreement nations did strike was an "historic achievement".

The United Nations summit came to a close after a dramatic final meeting at the SEC in Glasgow where India and China watered down the wording on phasing out coal production.

Leaders from across the world have expressed their disappointment.

Shauna Aminath, Maldives'

POOR RATING Boris Johnson

Environment Minister, said: "We are deeply disappointed with the outcome in here."

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres added: "Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread. We are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: "The Glasgow Climate Pact does not contain everything that every country wanted and there is understandable disappointment that key issues were watered down in the final hours but there can be no doubt that the Glasgow summit has made progress on some important issues." Sharma insisted it was a "fragile win" with the aim of limiting global warming to 1.5C kept "alive".

The PM, meanwhile, rated the agreement as "over 6 out of 10" as he took a swipe at China and India.

He said: "We cannot force sovereign nations to do what they do not want to do."

But Shadow business and energy secretary Ed Miliband said the UK government's "stepping back" on foreign aid last year "didn't help".

He told Sky News's Trevor Phillips on Sunday: "I have nothing but praise for Alok Sharma and the job he did as COP president but I'm afraid the rest of the Government didn't help him and undermined him with decisions like cutting overseas aid because we were then saying to other countries 'please step up on climate finance', when we were stepping back on aid to poorer countries."

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POOR RATING Boris Johnson on agreement

DIRTY Coal-fired power station in China

EMOTIONAL Alok Sharma said the pact was a 'fragile win'

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