Britain's leading environmental campaign groups have challenged George Osborne over "deeply offensive" claims he refers to the green lobby as the "environmental Taliban".
Four of Britain's leading environmental campaign groups have today written to the Chancellor urging him to clarify his alleged remarks, and specify exactly who they refer to.
In a letter signed by representative of the Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, the RSPB and WWF-UK, they demand to know "which individuals, MPs, Ministers or organisations you are likening to the Taliban."
Their frustration follows newspaper claims George Osborne has been describing the green lobby as the "environmental Taliban".
The letter from Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth; John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace; Mike Clarke, Chief Executive of RSPB; David Nussbaum, Chief Executive of WWF-UK, says the groups would be "most grateful" if he could clarify his remarks.
Craig Bennett, director of policy at Friends of the Earth, said the claims would be "deeply offensive" if true.