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Optimistic Tories tell of plans to cut red tape.

CONSERVATIVES prepared for a "famous victory" in the forthcoming Warwickshire County Council elections on June 7 when they launched their manifesto.

Leader Cllr Gordon Collett (Dunchurch) said they would take control and outlined how they say they would run the authority better than Labour.

The Tories plan to spend pounds 10.4million extra on education and pounds 3.5 million more in social services - a five per cent increase - while cutting red tape.

Among their innovations will be 20mph maximum speed limits in roads where there are schools, nursery schools or old folk's homes.

Most of the 62 candidates who will be standing turned up for the launch at Shire Hall, Warwick.

They included former Olympic high jumper Geoff Parsons, who is also standing as a Tory prospective parliamentary candidate in North Warwickshire. He said: "There is nothing that is beyond this group and nothing beyond us in the country."

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HOPEFUL OF CONTROL: The Tory candidates for county council seats in Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire. Back row, from left, David Smith, Jeff Clarke, Colin Peat, Mick Evans, Martin Heatley, Geoff Parsons, John Burton; front, from left, John Snow, Peter Fowler, Kath Johnston, Jean Smith and Alan Farnell
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 2, 2001
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