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Tories vow to axe Gatwick and Stansted expansions

The Conservative Party's Quality of Life Group has backed a raft of new green taxes to cut carbon emissions in the UK and recommended against proposed runways at Gatwick and Stansted Airports and called for current road building plans to be scaled back.

The 500 plus page report by the group chaired by the former Tory environment secretary Sir John Gummer recommended a raft of measures in transport, waste, energy and water.

There would be new taxes on gas guzzling cars and short haul flights and the money raised would be reinvested in the rail network.

Power stations would be strictly regulated for energy efficiency and there would be a total ban on recyclable items to land fill sites. Stamp duty would be abolished for eco-friendly homes and council tax would be cut for such homes.

"If we are to create a way of living that can sustain, then water, waste, transport and energy, as well as farming, food, fishing and the built environment, have to be thought of as a whole," said John Gummer.

The Conservatives said that the Party would now "debate the proposals before deciding which recommendations will become firm policies".

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