Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of Today

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of Today

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Eric Pickles v Ben Bradshaw Ground: wasteground Kick-off: 11am PORTLY Pickles went all-out to terrify voters today by claiming plans to scrap weekly bin collection would "cause cancer". He produced findings from Ireland that claimed people were burning rubbish instead in their backyards, "filling the air with lethal 'dioxins'".

Pickles said the extra mess would cause gastric dysentery and breed the superbug.

He added subtly: "Dioxins are among the most toxic substances known to man and can cause cancer and birth defects." The minister under fire was smoothie Ben Bradshaw, who has said there is no public risk if bin emptying was carried out fortnightly. This should keep him busy.

Score: Pickles 1, Bradshaw 0

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