Fracking vote shows strong and mounting opposition among MPs
Responding following the chaotic outcome of tonight’s vote on Labour’s opposition day motion to ban fracking, Jamie Peters, fracking campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:
“The fact that Conservative MPs publicly stated that they would not vote with the government is truly extraordinary. There is clearly significant and mounting opposition to fracking across the political spectrum.
“The Business Secretary’s amendment shows the government is now finally recognising the strength of feeling against fracking and the evident dissatisfaction within its own ranks. It shows just how deeply unpopular it is across Westminster, not to mention with the public – not helped by the fact that the government’s plans are devoid of scientific backing.
“Let this be where the fracking story ends. Instead, we must opt for the real solutions that will increase our energy security, lower bills and cut the harmful emissions that cause climate change – insulating our heat-leaking homes and ramping up the production of cheap, popular and clean renewable energy.”