Five Conservative MPs defied the Government in a vote this evening on fracking conditions in the Infrastructure Bill.
Mark Menzies (Fylde) and Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood) represent constituencies in the district where Cuadrilla is applying for planning permission to frack up to eight wells. This is the second time in just over a fortnight that they have voted independently of their party on fracking. At the Report Stage of the Bill on 26th January they both voted in favour of a fracking moratorium.
They were joined in voting against the government this evening by fellow Conservatives Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole), Jason McCartney (Colne Valley) and Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight).
The government won the vote on its proposals to regulate fracking by 257 to 203. Full report here
A further 65 Conservatives either abstained or were not in the chamber. They included Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park) and the former environment secretary, Caroline Spelman (Meriden), who both supported a moratorium on fracking a fortnight ago. Anne McIntosh whose Thirsk and Malton constituency has plans for fracking from Third Energy, did not vote.
Three Lib Dem MPs voted against the government. They were Adrian Sanders (Torbay), Mark Williams (Ceredigion) and Roger Williams (Brecon and Radnorshire). Julian Huppert, another supporter of a moratorium, took part in the debate but did not vote. Nor did other two previous supporters of the moratorium, Norman Baker (Lewes) and Tessa Munt (Wells). A total of 28 Lib Dems either abstained or were not in the chamber.
181 Labour MPs voted against the government. 75 either abstained or were not in the chamber.
All Plaid Cymru and all but one of the SNP MPs voted against the government, as did Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilion), 3 SDLP MPs, and one Independent.