Is Wind Opposition Just a Lot of Hot Air? Questions as Politician Has Engine on Land

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Byline: Brian Daniel ? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk

ACONSERVATIVE politician in Northumberland has been accused of hypocrisy after campaigning against wind turbines despite one being in place on her farm.

Margaret Murray, a parish councillor in the Berwick area, has come under fire after opposing wind farms in a newsletter, even though an engine has already been erected on her farm.

The news comes after the party's leader in Northumberland was criticised for denying involvement in plans for a turbine on his land only to then admit he had led an earlier wind bid on his property. And a Tory landowner in the county allowed a turbine to be built on his property while campaigning against wind farms when he ran for Parliament in Gloucestershire.

Wind power has become a hot issue in Northumberland, particularly with county council elections next year, in which all three main political parties have hopes of taking the council.

No party has overall control of the council, with the Lib Dems running a minority administration Liberal Democrats in the county last night said people would be questioning whether they could trust the Tories and that they deserved an explanation.

But last night Mrs Murray insisted the turbines she had been campaigning against were large-scale industrial engines and that the one on her farm is a smaller domestic model.

She is a parish councillor at Kyloe and is the Tories' candidate for the Norham and Islandshire ward on Northumberland County Council, ahead of the elections next year. Mrs Murray is also the chairman of the Tories' Norham and Islandshire branch.

In a recent newsletter published under her name, there is an article entitled "Conservatives would halt march of the turbines."

It states: "The county council must get a grip on the spread of wind turbines in Northumberland. Our county already has enough turbines built, or approved, to meet renewable energy obligations.

"So now we urgently need to make it much harder to build wind turbines in Northumberland.

"A Conservative-run council would pass measures to dramatically reduce the number of applications for turbines. …