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Green Issues- One Trip Plastic Carrier Bags

IT’S SAVE THE TORIES, NOT SAVE THE PLANET!

In coalition, the Tories said NO to LibDem plans for a 5p charge on ALL plastic carrier bags. They applied this ONLY to the largest stores. Smaller shops carried on giving out one trip bags*. More plastic bags = more pollution.

Public protest has led the Tories into a U-turn. And guess what - they now claim credit for a LibDem policy that they blocked! Just like they did with raising the amount we can earn before paying tax – another popular LibDem policy.

Are they converted to LibDem green policy? Or is this a vote grab by a party losing votes fast?

IT’S SAVE THE TORIES, NOT SAVE THE PLANET!

Local LibDems have noted such tactics in Tory In Touch leaflets. They even name a local voluntary environmental group, clearly inviting credit for themselves to impress green minded voters, like LibDems.

LibDems are not convinced by this sudden turn to green policies. LibDems notice that polls show younger voters’ worries about the environment. We ask: is this a genuine policy shift or a cynical pitch for their votes? LibDems have a real commitment to green issues. Each and every day – not just when we’re desperate for votes.

IT’S SAVE THE TORIES, NOT SAVE THE PLANET!

*and paying for them – a cost big businesses didn’t have to bear

Greg CondliffeGreg Condliffe: Architect and long-time resident of Salisbury, I am a long standing member of the Liberal Democrats and former county councillor for Harnham 1985-1993. Greg has researched existing affordable housing schemes and believes they need deploying more widely.

I believe "developer affordable" is simply not affordable enough to reach even lower middle income families.

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