Somerset MPs back fracking
With 7 blocks of Somerset land licensed for fracking, we took some interest in last night’s vote on the issue. Of the 7 licensed blocks, 3 are in the immediate vicinity of Hinkley C nuclear power station.
Labour put forward a motion in the House of Commons calling for a ban on fracking.
Ignoring the chaos within the Government that dominated the day’s headlines the vote was not, after all, a vote of confidence. It had been mooted as such and then denied several times before the vote took place. Clearly some of the scenes were unedifying. However what counts at the end of the day is the way MPs voted. And there was no suggestion that any of our local MPs had to be forced through any particular lobby against their will.
In the vote that followed 32 Conservative MPs abstained or at least had “no vote recorded”. David Warburton, MP for Somerton & Frome is not currently able to vote. However the other four MPs respresenting the bit of Somerset covered by the Leveller did.
Rebecca Pow (Taunton), Ian Liddel Grainger (Bridgwater & West Somerset) , Marcus Fysh (Yeovil) and James Heappey (Wells) all voted against a ban on fracking.