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UK Prime Minister backs campaign against wind farms

Prime Minister David Cameron (left) has backed the Scottish Conservatives’ stance against wind farms.

On a visit to Scotland last week, Mr Cameron praised Scottish party leader Ruth Davidson’s backing for communities which opposed the building of wind turbines.

“We shouldn’t be plonking wind farms all over communities that don’t want them,” Mr Cameron said.

“The people who live in a community know what’s best for their community and we should give them a greater say,” he added.

Previously, Mr Cameron has declared that wind farms have been over-subsidised.

“We’re cutting the subsidy to onshore wind because I think it has been over-subsidised and wasteful of public money,” he said in the House of Commons.

“The second thing we’re doing is the Localism Act, which will give local communities a greater say over issues like wind turbines”.

More than 100 Conservative MPs have written to Mr Cameron urging his to cut subsidies for wind turbines further.

They also want planning rules changed to make it easier for local people to object to their construction.