Barry Gardiner

Working Hard for Brent North

Government Fracking U-turn...

Four days. That’s how long it’s taken the Tories to renege on the promise and principle of Paris COP21.

The ink has barely dried on Saturday’s Agreement – an agreement that symbolises a new era of clean energy and carbon limits.

But today, the Government has already hit reverse gear – backtracking on its pledge to protect National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest from fracking for shale gas.

Labour laid down 11 specific amendments to the Infrastructure Bill. We said there should be no more fracking unless all these safeguards - including for our Water Protection Areas - were put in place.

The government conceded.

But in an anti-democratic, downright bewildering U-turn, the government is today using a back door procedure known as a ‘deferred vote’ - whereby no MP is able to speak or debate the issue – to force through a motion to allow fracking under our National Parks.

You can read my blog for Left Foot Forward about this here


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