MPs vote on Infrastructure Bill & A freeze on Fracking.

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Monday saw our MP’s in Parliament voting on the Infrastructure bill and a motion to call a moratorium to freeze fracking (a delay of 2.5 years to gather evidence). Many people of the UK watched in hope, but were saddened by the resulting all too predictable sham, with Labour abstaining from voting.

Caroline Lucas from The Green Party stated on Facebook…

“Hi all – (further to my earlier post, which details all this), I just voted for a freeze on fracking (with cross-bench backing) – Labour abstained and the vote was lost…

The debate was farcical – so little time was given that we weren’t even able to bring the trespass amendment to vote. That amendment sought to prevent fracking companies being awarded sweeping new powers to frack beneath your home without your consent – a move opposed by 99% of respondents to the Government’s own consultation.

It was backed in a petition by 360,000 people. When it came to a freeze on fracking, Labour abstained. Instead they served up their own superficial tweaks, lacking in detail and riddled with loopholes.

The strength of public feeling on this issue is palpable – and I think it’s intensified still further in the face of the astonishing lack of transparency, lack of accountability and lack of regard for the views of voters.

People won’t be silenced on this. In the run up to the crucial Paris climate talks later this year, the pressure to ditch plans for fracking and instead invest in clean home-grown renewable energy will continue to grow…

Thanks to all who rallied with us today – absolutely amazing support.
– Caroline”

Outside there was an amazing turn out at the solidarity rally in Old Palace Yard, where we had some great speakers and Vanessa Vine shared messages of solidarity from Josh Fox, and other protectors from around the world.

See her interesting speech here…

As a result, Liberal Democrat Tessa Munt MP resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary. Tessa stated, “I will continue to campaign vocally against fracking and as result it is clear that my views cannot be reconciled with the Government on this matter” see her full statement here…

http://www.tessamunt.org.uk/why_i_tendered_my_resignation_as_parliamentary_private_secretary

 

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