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