Boris goes green in electric car pledge – but can we really ban petrol cars by 2035? Also, did Iowa caucus chaos give Trump cause to cheer?

Boris Johnson has pledged that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2035 – bringing the government target forward by a full five years. But on Tuesday sacked environment minister Claire O’Neil accused the Prime Minister of ‘not getting’ climate change. Can the government meet the ambitious goals outlined today? The Evening Standard’s Associate Editor Julian Glover joins The Leader podcast to explain why that might prove easier said than done.

Iowa Caucus chaos

The Iowa Caucus is billed as one of the biggest events on the Democratic Party’s White House campaign trial. It’s the first indication of who they’ll put forward to run for President. But the vote descended into shambles - with complaints over a new system being used, app technology possibly failing, and phone hotlines being jammed. The Evening Standard’s US correspondent David Gardner has been watching events unfold and joins The Leader podcast to explain what it could mean for the Dems and why Donald Trump may have cause to celebrate.

Success for Homeless Appeal

The Evening Standard’s homeless fund was launched two months ago, and is just coming to the end of its first phase – where we can reveal 900 thousand pounds has been raised. Oliver Poole has been running the campaign and joins the podcast.

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Thanks for listening to The Leader please subscribe to make sure you don't miss an episode and share this too with anyone you think will enjoy our news commentary and analysis. Now, from the Evening Standard in London this is The Leader 

Hi I'm David Marsland, Boris Johnson's bringing forward a ban on petrol and diesel vehicles.

Boris Johnson

And let's make this year the moment when we come together with the courage and the technological ambition to solve manmade climate change and to choose a cleaner and greener future for all our children and grandchildren.

David Marsland

But he's also being accused of not getting climate change by a sacked former Environment Minister. Can the pm prove his green credentials? Also,

David Gardner 0:54  

This is a huge embarrassment for the Democratic Party. And probably one of the worst things that could have happened.

David Marsland 0:59  

Our US correspondent David Gardner on the Democratic Party's debacle in Iowa. They're supposed to be choosing their presidential candidate, was the winner Donald Trump? And:

Oliver Poole 1:09  

We were amazed by how well it went. We were very aware that the general election on and Brexit is happening. 

David Marsland 1:16  

The Evening Standard's Homeless Fund has raised 900,000 pounds. Oliver Poole tells us where the money's going and what's happening..

Taken from The Evening Standard's editorial column this is The Leader. For the whole thing pick up the newspaper or head to In a moment, Boris Johnson says the world should follow the UK climate change action. The former minister says he can't be trusted 

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