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Wednesday, October 6, 1999 Published at 19:37 GMT 20:37 UK

Tory pledge to motorists

The Tories have promised a better deal for the motorist, should they be returned to power.

Shadow transport minister Bernard Jenkin accused Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott of being "anti car" and creating a "standstill Britain", and called for an independent Highways Agency.

Mr Jenkin announced that the Tories would scrap the "fuel duty escalator" - which they first introduced - under which petrol prices rise at a rate greater than inflation.

But he added: "Conservatives are not just pro-car, we are pro-rail, pro-Tube, pro-bus, pro-rural communities, pro-cyclist and pro-pedestrian."

Labour's aid to farmers lacks fizz - Tories

The Tories say Agriculture Minister Nick Brown must do more than boycott French champagne if he wants to help British farmers.

Mr Brown launched a personal boycott of all French goods earlier this week after France refused to lift the ban on British beef.

Speaking at the Tory party conference in Blackpool, Conservative agriculture spokesman Tim Yeo said Nick Brown should have checked that France would buy the meat before boasting that the ban was over.

Tories unveil aid package

The Conservatives unveiled a six point contract with the world's poorest countries at their party conference in Blackpool on Tuesday.

Shadow international development secretary Gary Streeter said the party had a "proud record" in helping some of the world's poorest nations, "but it's time to go further".

The six principles set out by Mr Streeter were: faster debt relief, ensuring good governance in emerging countries, a full audit of all UK aid, recognising the importance of the private sector, ensuring common sense values are adopted and finally focusing on people-to-people development.

Mr Streeter told the conference each government had to take responsibility for their own citizens but everyone in the world was entitled to a basic standard of living.

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