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On plastic bags, Tories are having to close their own loopholes

February 10, 2018 1:43 PM

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of having to "close their own loopholes" on the 5p plastic bag charge, after the Government announced plans to extend the charge to cover nearly all retailers.

Restrictions on the plastic bag charge were imposed by the Conservatives in coalition, despite backing from the Liberal Democrats, charities and business groups to remove all exemptions.

plasticbagsLiberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Tim Farron said:

"Liberal Democrats introduced the 5p charge on plastic bags in Government, despite reluctance from the Conservatives who insisted on exemptions.

"The Tories are now being forced to close their own loopholes.

"Reducing plastic waste is essential if we are to protect our oceans and marine life.

"The Government must end all exemptions for the plastic bag charge, and introduce a similar charge on coffee cups immediately."

Southampton Lib Dem Environment Spokesperson Jill Baston added:

"In Coalition, the Liberal Democrats proposed the 5p levy on plastic bags, but the Conservatives watered down the policy. Now, they're trying to claim credit for removing their own restrictions!

"The Liberal Democrats campaigned in the 2015 General Election to remove the Tory exemptions, and whilst we welcome this u-turn from Theresa May's flagging governement, it is regrettable that they were implemented in the first place."