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With back benches beckoning in the British House of Commons, former UK Environment Minister, John Gummer MP, has turned star lobbyist. His target Monday was David Hales, USAID. With TV cameras running, Gummer cornered Hales to convey suspicions that the US plans to wait until the last minute to produce minimal proposals for the FCCC COP-3 and force the others to go along. Hales countered by questioning other States’ ability to achieve their declared targets. Gummer also “catagorically” ruled himself out of the running for the top job at UNEP.