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Pope pins political hope on environmental manifesto

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CIVIL ENGINEER Brian Pope is to make a second attempt at winning public office by fighting the Dumbarton seat in the 2007 Scottish parliamentary elections.

Pope stood as candidate in the Glasgow North constituency at the 2005 general election. His campaign to save a local hospital increased the Conservative vote but failed to oust Labour.

This time Pope intends to feed on climate change fears by making the environment his top priority.

'We as a nation are sleepwalking into a climate disaster, ' said Pope. 'This is my opportunity to influence 60,000 voters.' He kicks off his campaign at the Scottish Conservatives' spring conference this week by setting out plans to secure 'Environmental Excellence' status for the Dumbarton area by the end of 2007.

'Environmental Excellence will be achieved when Dumbarton constituency exceeds the national average in renewable energy, recycling, energy efficiency, air quality, water quality and sustainability, ' said Pope.

He intends to hit targets by encouraging homeowners to switch energy suppliers, apply for government renewable energy grants, become more energy effi ent and recycle more.

He will also pressure the local council to instigate initiatives to improve local air quality.

INFOPLUS View Brian Pope's campaign via www. nceplus. co. uk.

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