MPs have been voting on new rules that would allow fracking under National Parks and other protected areas. We’ve been collecting the names of MPs who said they voted against.
The vote is on the government’s Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015. If approved, they would allow oil and gas companies to drill wells under National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites at depths of at least 1,200m.
MPs opposed the passing of the draft regulations when they were read out in the Commons on yesterday evening. Under parliamentary rules the vote was deferred until today, when MPs filled in ballot papers between 11.30am and 2pm.
So far there’s no result. But some MPs have been tweeting about the vote. So far, we’ve not found anyone tweeting that they voted in favour.
The following MPs have said they either voted against or intended to. We’ll keep updating the list
Ben Bradshaw, Lab, Exeter
Thomas Brake, Lib Dem, Carshalton and Wallington
Chris Bryant, Lab, Rhondda
Doug Chapman, SNP, Dunfermline and West Fife
Jo Cox, Lab, Batley and Spen
Tim Farron, Lib Dem, Westmorland and Lonsdale
Vicky Foxcroft, Lab, Lewisham Deptford
Roger Godsiff, Lab, Birmingham Hall Green
Kate Green, Lab, Streford and Urmston
Lilian Greenwood, Lab, Nottingham South
Andrew Gwynne, Labour, Denton and Reddish
Helen Hayes, Lab, Dulwich and West Norwood
Sharon Hodgson, Lab, Washington and Sunderland West
George Kerevan, SNP, East Lothian
Stephen Kinnock, Lab, Aberavon
Caroline Lucas, Green, Brighton Pavilion
Rachel Maskell, Lab Coop, York Central
Callum McCaig, SNP, Aberdeen South
Connor McGinn, Lab, St Helens North
Matthew Pennycook, Lab, Greenwich
Tommy Sheppard, SNP, Edinburgh East
Gavin Shuker, Lab Coop, Luton South
Andrew Smith, Lab, Oxford East
Gavin Shuker, Lab, Luton South
Jo Stevens, Lab, Cardiff Central
Alison Thewliss, SNP, Glasgow Central
Mark Williams, Lib Dem, Ceredigion
Sarah Wollaston, Con, Totnes
Full list available 17/12/15. Click here to find out how MPs voted
Have you seen this article in the FT: http://on.ft.com/1IUw9CD. Lord Browne used to be CEO of Cuadrilla and a unelected member of the cabinet. I wonder if he is still with the company or any others, along with other Lords and MPs?
Browne is no longer part of government.
What’s new? The Chairman of Rathlin Energy UK who holds PEDL licenses in East Yorkshire is also the chairman of Northamptonshire Campaign For The Protection of Rural England and has consistently and successfully campaigned against wind turbines.