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'GOING GREEN' CAUSES CONTROVERSY IN TORY SOLIHULL

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BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning reported from Solihull, where the Conservatives have a three seat maj...
BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning reported from Solihull, where the Conservatives have a three seat majority on the council.

The Conservatives are pushing their green credentials, but are not using their party's national slogan, 'vote blue, go green', Today reported.

However, the council has banned political posters for environmental reasons.

Conservative councillor John Hawkswood told the programme: 'If you're coming down heavily on flyposting, it's somewhat hypocritical to suggest we put up billboards and election posters at the same time.'

The Conservatives' hold on Solihull is being challenged by the Liberal Democrats, who gained a parliamentary seat in Solihull last year.

The Conservatives also have internal divisions, Today reported. Rosemary Worsley, former Conservative chief whip on the council, is standing as an independent in next week's elections. As well as opposing the council's cuts in music education, she told Today she disagrees with David Cameron's policies. 'This isn't the party I joined the party of low taxation', she said.

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