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

You can watch the Look North broadcast on BBC iPlayer until 10:30 tonight…. BBC Look North

If you’ve missed the BBC clip, you can cheer yourself with this song from David Rovics  🎵 I agree with Jeremy 🎵

 

 

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, Sunday 23rd

The day began in fiery mood when the Conference Arrangements Committee (CAC) report for the day directed that the issue about Westminster candidate selection be included in the debate on parliamentary democracy and that the proposal to be debated was not open selection but rather, a lowering of the ‘trigger’ threshold to 30%. Conference erupted on the issue. A show of hands to accept or reject the order of business showed an extraordinary divide; from where I was standing it looked like CLPs voted about 90% to reject but the affiliates section was almost unanimous to accept. As the voting arrangements are 50% each there was a card vote that resulted in the order of business was narrowly accepted but it was a raucous first hour.

DnyVO2mXUAYemMf.jpg-large 2018-09-25.jpegThe debate that followed focused on two of the eight proposals: the debate on open selection and the proposal to change the entry criteria for the Leadership and Deputy Leadership ballots to be 10% of MPs and MEPs plus 5% of CLPs or 5% of Affiliates. These went to card votes and Mick and I voted against both in line with the SGM debate. Mick spoke in the debate to ask the NEC to reconsider mandating that CLPs convene a minimum of eight General Meetings a year; pointing out that rural constituencies like ours would find this difficult as many members have far to travel. In the summarising at the end this point was addressed and we were assured that this is an ‘aspiration’ and that the NEC is looking at ways to help facilitate more engagement in rural CLPs and at offering help with technology options – on-linemeetings as an example. Mick’s contribution generated a discussion with a journalist from the Yorkshire Post and – as we walked through Albert Dock at about 10:30 in the evening – a fellow delegate that couldn’t remember the speech but had definitely noticed his ‘fabulous’ legs.

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Most of the morning for Mick and I, plus two colleagues from York Central and Outer, was spent distributing leaflets in support of our Fracking contemporary motion. Now you can’t actually do this within the conference and Mick was told not to. Of course, he took no notice whatsoever and carried on until his second warning. We didn’t get on the agenda but we did our absolute best and my thanks to Charlie and James for their help. We polled 72,890 votes and came sixth on the list but fifth as Brexit got through in the Affiliates ballot- so close with four going through.

We attended two evening events: the Yorkshire and Humberside regional reception where John McDonnell spoke. He reminded us that our region is key to winning the next General Election – something that the day’s rumour mill was saying that the Tories are planning – as we hold a number of key target seats that must be won. For us Scarborough and York Outer are on our doorstep. He encouraged everyone to campaign hard in these seats holding out the prospect that, for the first time in a long time, when we win the GE then a Socialist will walk through the doors of Downing Street.

DnzT_PsX0AMbD3S.jpg-large 2018-09-25.jpegThe second event was a debate on Brexit. We were both disappointed in that event as the platform was strongly advocating a second vote but at the end, when a question from the floor asked what the questions would be, there was no clear answer given. Some on the platform wanted three questions; some wanted two. As it happens, the Brexit compositing debate was taking place at the same time and that has produced a motion close to the one that our CLP chose and debated and close to the Kier Starmer position.

Other points made in the day was that the party is debt free and that we already have funding in place to fight a General Election.

A long day then and I thought that my reflection in the bathroom mirror this morning showed that I had aged more than one day since I last looked. More tomorrow and look out for more tweets.

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Standing ovation as John McDonnell says that we will be proud to call our Government policy, Socialism.

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