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Conservatives show a complete lack of ambition

by Steve Beasant on 11 January, 2018

The Conservatives 25-year plan for the environment is nowhere near ambitious enough to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste. They must do more.

The following article was written by Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable and published today on the Lib Dem Website.

The Conservatives launch their 25-year environment plan tomorrow.

Despite being heavily trailed to the media, the proposals are expected to be limited. 

The Conservatives should be eliminating all avoidable plastic waste now – a target of 2042 beggars belief.

They ramped up expectations only to disappoint.

The Conservatives have shown a complete lack of ambition.

Notably, they have failed to deal with the excessive waste of coffee cups through the levy proposed by the Liberal Democrats and recently embraced by a powerful group of cross-party MPs.

This is only a small step rather than the leap that is needed.

Even the extension of the 5p tax on plastic bags only closed exemptions unnecessarily introduced by the Conservative Party.

That’s why the Liberal Democrats are calling on Michael Gove & the Government to do more on plastics – add your name to our open letter today.

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