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Tory Councillor in spat over vegan bus ads

6th January 2019

Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party have condemned the actions of Conservative Councillor Steve Charmley, Deputy-Leader of Shropshire Council who has sought to curtail free speech by demanding the removal of adverts promoting Veganism from Shropshire buses.

Cllr Olly Rose from the Shrewsbury and North Shropshire Green Party said "In the last month motions have been approved by both Shropshire Council and Oswestry Town Council calling for urgent action to address climate change. Livestock farming currently accounts for some 15% of carbon emissions world-wide.  Adopting a sustainable life style which protects future generations will involve some changes, for many people it will mean eating less meat. That need not threaten our local agriculture, indeed Shropshire is able to provide the sustainable fruit and vegetables we need now and in the future. Shropshire people can make up their own minds and do not need local politicians to prevent them from being exposed to perfectly reasonable adverts".

The Green Party feels that Cllr Charmley has misused his position to try and curtail freedom of expression to purchase a perfectly legal advert and it is not his business to interfere in such matters.

Update

Cllr Julian Dean was interviewed by Jim Hawkins about this issue on BBC Radio Shropshire on 7 January 2018. You can listen to it here (starts at around 10:00).

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