'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.
'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.'