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Pickles rejects C-charge policy

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Shadow communities secretary Eric Pickles has warned that congestion charging will not have a 'rosy future' under a Conservative government.

Mr Pickles , speaking at a Conservative party conference fringe event, predicted Greater Manchester residents will reject a congestion charge when they vote in a referendum in December.

Mr Pickles said: "I’ve not the slightest doubt the congestion charge will be rejected by the people of Manchester. I think that’s good. We need to find a way of living with the car."

The comments raise question marks over the Conservatives ’ green emphasis and follow a raft of councils considering charging as a means of gaining transport innovation fund grants.

See also the LGC blogs from the Conservative conference:

Sunday with the Tories

Frozen smiles on tax

Mr Pickles is the Prince

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