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COUNCIL RECYCLING RATES CONFIRM LABOUR'S FLAWED GREEN CREDENTIALS

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Following the publication yesterday by Defra of recycling rates in England for 2000/01, Conservatives in local gove...
Following the publication yesterday by Defra of recycling rates in England for 2000/01, Conservatives in local government have welcomed the figures as testament to the Party's commitment to the environment in direct contrast to Labour's abysmal record.

The data revealed that out the top ten authorities achieving the highest rates, six were Conservative controlled with Labour councils accounting for eight of the worst ten performing authorities.

Conservative local government waste spokeswoman Kay Twitchen commented: 'These figures are a real embarrassment for Labour with the majority of the worst performing authorities under their control. Perhaps it is time that the government started to take seriously what its own environment minister, Michael Meacher, has been saying. From these figures it is clear that he truly is a lone voice in the Labour Party unsupported by colleagues at neither a national or local level.

'If Labour can't even get its own house in order at a local level it hardly bodes well for the grand ambitions of next week's Johannesburg Earth Summit.

'I am proud to see that so many Conservative authorities are succeeding in achieving high level of recycling. This comes as no surprise given the seriousness and commitment that Conservatives attach to safeguarding the physical and natural environment.'

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