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'Blackmail' claim in incinerator row

A Conservative MP has said that a Conservative council tried to blackmail him over an incinerator controversy.

Henry Bellingham

Henry Bellingham (left), MP for North West Norfolk, has told a planning inquiry into the proposed Saddlebow incinerator that Norfolk County Council threatened to remove funding from his constituency if he persisted in opposing the incinerator plan.

The Lynn News reported Bellingham saying that neighbouring Tory MP Elizabeth Truss was similarly threatened.

Bellingham told the inquiry into Cory Wheelabrator’s incinerator application that the threat to remove funding from his constituency was “tantamount to blackmail”.

He has said he will refer the matter to communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles.

The inquiry began in February amid local acrimony as King’s Lynn and West Norfolk District Council supported the anti-incinerator campaign and signed a separate waste deal with Material Works to process around 35,000 tonnes of black bag waste per year via an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility.

Elections to the county council take place on 2 May.

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