Wirral MP calls for outright ban on fracking as new PM says he will ‘stand by’ manifesto commitment  

Margaret Greenwood MP has commented after the new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that he would ‘stand by’ the Conservatives’ 2019 manifesto to “not support fracking unless the science shows categorically that it can be done safely.

The Wirral West MP has been a vocal opponent of fracking both locally and in parliament, most recently speaking out in a debate just last week.  

She also led a successful campaign against Underground Coal Gasification in the Dee Estuary after a conditional licence was granted in 2013 under the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.  

Margaret Greenwood MP said, “Last week, Labour tabled a motion in parliament to ban fracking once and for all.  

“Rishi Sunak voted against that motion. He had the opportunity to make his opposition to fracking clear, but he chose not to. Instead, he and fellow Conservative MPs voted against Labour’s motion. 

“He has now said that he will stand by the government’s manifesto commitment on fracking.  

“However, this is not the same as imposing an outright ban.  

“Fracking is a dirty and dangerous technology and people do not want it. The new Prime Minister should fully commit to banning fracking once and for all.”  

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