`Green' minister used stretch limo

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A LABOUR environment minister has driven into trouble by arriving at a transport conference in a stretch limo to make a speech about the damage caused by "the way we travel".

Alan Meale was taken two miles from Peterborough train station on Friday in a Ford Lincoln, which does 17 miles to the gallon in the city.

Then he told a meeting of representatives of the Greater Peterborough Commerce, Training and Enterprise Council: "The way we travel is damaging our towns, harming our countryside and already changing the climate of the planet."

A Friends of the Earth spokesman said: "I think his choice of car is sending out the wrong message.

"It is a bit inconsistent with the Government's policies on transport."

But a spokesman for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions defended Mr Meale's transport choices, saying: "The minister was able to make the majority of his journey by train."