Sunday 7 August: The Sunday Telegraph – Ministers go to war with green charities over planning shake-up ‘smears’

Our campaign is front page news in today’s Sunday Telegraph and the story features some extraordinary claims from Bob Neill MP:

“For the first time in its history, the National Trust is to mobilise its 3.6 million members against the Coalition’s proposals and urge every visitor to its sites to sign a petition opposing the framework.

The 60,000-member CPRE is preparing to take the attack directly to David Cameron, citing a speech he made to the group in 2008 in which he promised to “cherish” the “beauty of our landscape [and] the particular cultures and traditions that rural life sustains”.

But both organisations were heavily criticised by Bob Neill, the Local Government Minister. He accused them of being “vested interests” that were peddling “deeply misleading and simply untrue” claims.”
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