British political party the Liberal Democrats have set out plans for a £3.1bn investment in wind power and energy conservation.

The party, which is currently enjoying a surge in popularity in polls ahead of the general election in May also restated opposition to investment in a new generation of nuclear power stations.

“We have identified £3.1bn of public spending that can be stopped and the money used to create jobs and protect the environment,” leader Nick Clegg told a news conference yesterday.

“We will invest in wind energy, energy efficiency in public buildings and homes, and bring empty homes back into use through renovation,” he said.

The LibDems have enjoyed a surprise surge to the top of opinion polls following a widely praised performance by Clegg in a televised debate among party leaders last week.