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The government has warned that staging the COP 26 climate summit must represent “value for taxpayers’ money”, amid friction with the Scottish government over the policing costs of holding the event in Glasgow.

It emerged on Wednesday that government officials have been scoping out the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands for the high-profile international summit, which the UK is due to host in November.

The Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, responded by accusing Boris Johnson of “playing politics with the biggest issue of our time”, with the build-up to the conference already hampered by the sacking of the former Tory minister Claire O’Neill as its chair.

Asked about the apparent uncertainty over the venue, the prime minister’s press secretary said the government was determined to hold the event in Glasgow as promised, but issued a thinly veiled warning to the Scottish government about allowing the costs to escalate.

“We are committed to holding COP 26 in Glasgow, but the Scottish government needs to work with us to make sure this is a successful summit, which showcases the UK as a world leader in tackling climate change and represents value for the UK taxpayer,” he said. Read more

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