Magazine article Public Finance

Parties of All Colours Go Green in Campaign for Local Elections

Magazine article Public Finance

Parties of All Colours Go Green in Campaign for Local Elections

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The environment dominated the local elections campaign this week as the political parties vied to demonstrate their green credentials in the run-up to polling day on May 4.

Conservative Party leader David Cameron, launching the final phase of the campaign on April 18, urged voters to 'vote blue and go green and insisted that global environmental problems could be solved at local level.

He said Tory councils would lead the way on issues such as increasing recycling, lowering carbon emissions, making transport greener and tackling noise pollution.

'It's so important that Conservatives take the lead in the environmental debate so we can put forward our vision of greener growth that combines economic and social progress with a better quality of life,' Cameron said.

But Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell accused the Tories of mere 'posturing' on green issues. …

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