Trickett Treat: Fracking Ban in First 100 days of Labour Government

Top Labour man Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth, came to Kirby Misperton on Wednesday to promise that in the first 100 days of the next Labour government the ban on fracking across the UK would be delivered.  At the entry to the fracking site, to a gathering of some of the local campaigners whose yearlong stand helped see off Third Energy, he announced that Jeremy Corbyn had put him in charge of the programme of action for the first 100 days of the next Labour government; ‘I’m already organising the first 100 days of action and I can tell you that the ban on fracking will be put into effect in that period’.

 
Picture of Jon Trickett and Hugo Fearnley at the Kirby Misperton fracking site with local anti-fracking campaigners on 31st October

With him was Hugo Fearnley, prospective Labour parliamentary candidate for Scarborough and Whitby.  ‘We all know what’s wrong with fracking’ said Hugo, ‘bad for the local environment, bad for the farming and tourism economy and bad for the planet.  Far more and far better-quality jobs will be created by Labour’s green energy strategy with a commitment to meet 60% of the UK’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030’

   

Mick Johnston, Secretary of Thirsk and Malton Labour Party, welcomed the visit and said that the local campaigners had fought a brave campaign to drive fracking out of Ryedale. ‘Make sure it never comes back’ he said, ‘by making sure Labour wins the next General Election, whenever it comes’.

Alan Avery Press Officer Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party Tel 01751 474043 avery_uk@yahoo.com

New Fracking Commissioner: ex-INEOS employee.

Fracking was in the news this weekend with Jeremy Corbyn visiting Derbyshire and voicing his opposition to Shale Gas Fracking…..

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Jeremy Corbyn deplores Fracking.

Meanwhile it has been announced that Natascha Engel a former MP has been appointed as Shale Gas Commissioner by the conservative government.  As Ms Engel is also a former employee of the fracking company INEOS, questions have been raised about her impartiality..  Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the appointment.

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Natascha Engel relaxes in the Speakers Chair

Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake stated that he “didn’t think that Natascha is an independent person in this debate, clearly she has been appointed by the government and the government’s strategy is to push ahead with shale gas” …… going on to say she is “definitely there to try and help the government to roll out its policies on shale gas exploration which I support”

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Tory MP Supporting Fracking and Natascha Engel’s appointment

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Fracking Update from Bryan Barrett

I can’t have been alone at being alarmed at the release of the IPCC report last week.

The very sobering report can be summarised in just one sentence. The burning of fossil fuels is destroying our planet.

Is it not obscene then that in the very same week in which this report was released, the High Court ruled that Fracking could go ahead? Is it also not obscene that this government “pulled the plug” on making environmentally cleaner cars more affordable?

In comparison the Norwegian parliament has set 2025 as the goal for ALL new cars to have zero emissions, compared with the UK’s 2040, they are on target, the UK isn’t.

Fracking is an emotive subject and one that many people close their ears and eyes to. There is a lot of evidence available, much of which can seem to be contradictory. I have considered both sides of the argument and deduced that we should be investing in renewable energy.

Surely, we cannot surge ahead with a controversial method of gas extraction with a history of environmental disasters in other countries when we have just admitted that our planet is dying!

The argument that we need a bridge to renewable energy is also defunct after a Petro-chemical giant, admitted in an article published in the Sunday Times newspaper on 30th December 2017, that all of the gas extracted as a result of fracking would be used as a feedstock to power its power plants. These same power plants, make the plastic that pollutes our seas and oceans. This is quite simply grotesque!

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I have had an off the record discussion with a senior employee of an energy company, who own the PEDL License for an area very close to where I live. They state that our country should be heavily investing in renewable energy and that Fracking will not end well.

Think about it, an expert in the field, employed in the oil and gas industry has informed me of the detrimental impact that fracking will have on our communities. This is a warning that I cannot ignore.  Put simply; fracking will destroy our community for corporate profit!

Given the controversy surrounding fracking you could be forgiven for thinking that there would be a concerted effort to ensure that everything would be conducted transparently in an effort to combat any claims of underhand dealings or unfair play.

The sentencing of 3 protestors for 18 months by a judge with, according to the Daily Mirror, links to the oil and gas industry suggests to me that there is an unseen power at play here.

Surely the time is now for every politician to come together, irrespective of their political allegiance and work collaboratively for the good of our humanity? The future of our world depends on it!

Bryan Barrett

@BryBarrett999

 

 

Party Conference Update, Tuesday 25th

I enjoyed yesterday; the atmosphere in the hall was really energised. The day was dominated by standing ovations – two for Kier Starmer; three for Emily Thornberry and three for Diane Abbott plus several during the Palestine debate, although perhaps the latter should be described as carnival. It was extraordinary to see a sea of flags waving as Harlow CLP moved the motion.

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I did want to speak in the Brexit debate (as did our colleague Charlie Rowley from York Central) but neither of us were picked. It was a good, calm and rational debate on both motions plus the Windrush motion, one that I scarcely recognised from the radio this morning – should I be surprised?

Mick spoke in his ‘reference back’ on Fracking and this was carried overwhelmingly at the end of the day. Mick and I have noticed that whilst Fracking doesn’t appear to be at the forefront of conference business this week there is nevertheless, a strong theme that climate change is right at the top of the party’s agenda. This was evidenced by Rebecca Long- Bailey’s speech yesterday and in a Policy Forum debate that I attended where Barry Gardiner re-iterated that the business and trade forum strongly recognised that the emphasis on Growth and GDP at the cost of sustainability was not a valid approach and he reminded us that he had introduced the Fracking ban.

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At the fringe events Keir Starmer gave his analysis of the reasons that the Brexit negotiations have been so ineffective. He observed that the Tories have approached it from an ideological perspective without first having assessed the needs of the British people or economy. He had worked on the Good Friday agreement and used that example to underline how the Tories had fundamentally failed to understand that the issue was not in any way a technology issue and that it was about Irish history and sensitivities.

Mick has proposed that the NEC convene a meeting of front line CLPs and we await an answer; as he said to the platform yesterday “it wasn’t a rhetorical question”. We have the view that Fracking is an issue for CLPs but not for affliates, especially Unions, but Mick was approached by a representative of Unite who specifically wanted him to know that Unite had supported the reference back.

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It’s the Jeremy’s speech today; I won’t be sitting on the floor in the dark on Thursday morning to write an update so please watch on TV, and I hope to be back on the floor next year. It’s been a really good experience – thanks for selecting me to be your representative.

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