MICHAEL Gove has refused to answer questions on who will take over as chair of a crucial climate event in Glasgow later this year.

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster refused to be drawn on who would take over as president of the "COP26" climate talks after former minister Claire O'Neill was sacked, saying he was waiting, like everyone else, for the announcement expected later this week.

Pressed on whether he would like the role, he said: "I am very happy with the job that I have and there are many many other people who could do the job of Cop president better than I ever could."

A number of high-profile figures in the Tories, including David Cameron and William Hague are said to have turned the position down.

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Gove also said the UK Government needs to do more to tackle climate change in a speech at an event looking at crucial UN climate talks in Glasgow this year.

He pointed to the UK's achievements in cutting emissions so far, but said: "Even as we do celebrate what we've achieved, be in no doubt the Government recognises there's so much more we need to do in order genuinely to demonstrate leadership.

"It is not enough to look at the trajectory in the past. We have to be even more ambitious in the future. "

He said announcements would be coming through the year on areas such as energy generation, construction, house-building and energy-intensive industries.

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And he said: "One of the reasons we think it's so important is not just because we're hosting Cop but also because we believe the UK has a moral responsibility to lead."

As the leader of the industrial revolution, which powered the change in the climate, the UK has "a responsibility to lead a green industrial revolution as well, in order to show we acknowledge our responsibility, our debt to the planet and our debt to other people", he said.

As he answered a question on what he thought would be a successful outcome from the UN summit, a member of the audience at the Green Alliance conference called out there was a need for more than "recognition of the need to act" which had already been made 20 years ago.

He went on to say that a successful outcome would be if "the acceptance of the need to act leads to action which is irreversible, accelerating and inclusive".