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Tories show true colours and they ain't green - Baker

September 9, 2004 12:00 AM

Michael Howard - Conservative (Tory) leaderFollowing David James recommendations to the Conservative Party that they slash spending on the environment agency and reduce its staff by 1,286 a 12% cut, Norman Baker MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Secretary, said:

"This is a polluter's charter and shows the Tories in their true colours which certainly aren't green.

"A comparison of EU countries shows that we are spending pretty near the average on enforcement of environmental law and people I speak to who are concerned about fly tipping in the countryside, emissions from incinerators, and methane from landfill sites want more enforcement, not less.

"The last thing Britain's environment needs is a bunch of toxic Tories."