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Lib-Dem VIP brings air of confidence

PUBLISHED: 14:11 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

LIBERAL Democrat environment spokesman Malcolm Bruce was today boosting his party's by-election campaign in Ipswich.

He was supporting Tessa Munt's attempt to come from third place and snatch the seat which has traditionally been regarded as private dogfight between Labour and the Conservatives.

LIBERAL Democrat environment spokesman Malcolm Bruce was today boosting his party's by-election campaign in Ipswich.

He was supporting Tessa Munt's attempt to come from third place and snatch the seat which has traditionally been regarded as private dogfight between Labour and the Conservatives.

But as he joined Mrs Munt canvassing the streets of the town today, he was confident that the party's message was going down well.

"We have been getting a very positive response – and our message about the environment is striking a chord," he said.

"It is vital that we take steps to preserve the environment. Things like recycling are vital – in Britain we recycle eight per cent of our rubbish. In Austria the figure is 60 per cent.

"We just don't have enough old quarries to throw rubbish into – and people don't want more incinerators because of the toxic fumes they throw out."

The party was also re-affirming its opposition to nuclear expansion – especially the possibility of another power station at Sizewell on the Suffolk coast.

"That has all kinds of problems, with waste management and security concerns."

Mrs Munt challenged Chris Mole, the Labour Party candidate, to clearly state his opposition to a new nuclear power station at Sizewell.

She said: "There are sufficient green energy options for the UK to meet anticipated electricity demand by 2020.

"The Government cannot just resort to building new nuclear power stations either to meet future electricity demand, or to meet its Kyoto obligations. That would condemn us to high prices and increased terrorist and public safety risks."

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