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Dundee LibDems say Tory "Green Tax" proposals lack substance

September 1, 2006 1:40 PM

Dundee Liberal Democrats today (Friday 1st September) said that the Tories' announcement yesterday that they would raise from 'green' taxes "meant nothing as there is absolutely no substance behind the Tory spin."

Liberal Democrat Environmental Spokesperson Chris Huhne MP said, "It is flattering that the Tories are moving towards the Liberal Democrat position of supporting a rise in green taxes to change behaviour, but they still haven't proposed a single specific measure."

Conservative Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has told the FT he was "completely open-minded" about the measures he would bring in, but it was clear more revenue should be generated. He would not specify exactly how he would increase the proportion of revenue taken from "green" taxes during an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Locally, Dundee LibDem Council Group Leader Cllr Fraser Macpherson said, "More spin from the Tories, but when it comes down to actual policies, the Tory cupboard is,as usual, bare"

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