Alan Whitehead

Labour MP for Southampton Test

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Government makes massive u-turn on fracking

In Parliament last night, the government failed to oppose Labour's New Clause 19.

During the previous stages of the Bill, the government had been very unwilling to accept any opposition amendments. However, last night, they caved to pressure and failed to oppose our amendment. This means that no fracking can take place at all now unless a long list of safeguards on environmental and climate protection are met.

Whilst I voted in favour another amendment which called for a moratorium on fracking, that amendment was heavily defeated, meaning that New Clause 19 provided the best chance to ensure greater environmental protection.  All in all, therefore, the adoption of New Clause 19 by the government is a good outcome for the environment. 

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