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LABOUR ARE THE DIRTY MEN OF EUROPE: GUMMER

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Statement by environment secretary John Gummer, on the Friends of the Earth report Greyer than Green: The Tories an...
Statement by environment secretary John Gummer, on the Friends of the Earth report Greyer than Green: The Tories and the Environment published today.

He said:

'Under the Conservatives, Britain has increasingly led the world on the great environmental issues. We have set the pace on combating climate change, on the battle to protect the ozone layer and on developing new ways to safeguard endangered species.

'The Friends of the Earth report published today recognises those achievements. It also sets out the challenges for the next millennium.

'Only the Conservatives have the policies to meet these challenges. We are the only party to have published a green manifesto setting out our plans. We are the only party which will make smog a thing of the past. Our National Air Quality Strategy - the first of its kind in Europe - sets air quality targets for the next ten years which will offer everyone - even those most sensitive to air pollution - a very high level of protection.

'In contrast, Labour don't care about green issues. They see the environment as a means of introducing more regulation and extra costs on business. As Charles Secrett, the director of Friends of the Earth, recently said:

`The Tories have an environmental track record. Labour does not' (Red Pepper, February 1997).

'Labour have become the laughing stock among socialist parties in Europe because of their anti-environment stance. They are the dirty men of Europe.'

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