As expected, the Green Party has promised to replace fracking, coal-fired power stations and nuclear with renewables.
Its manifesto launched today also included a commitment to phase out subsidies to fossil fuels and to invest in community-owned energy.
Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas tweeted this afternoon: “The UK’s £6bn+ fossil fuel subsidies must end. Greens will challenge handouts to dirty fossil fuels & invest in renewable energy”
She also told Sky News long-term solutions were needed to the energy crisis:
“If we are serious about ensuring that people are not having to have hugely expensive energy bills into the future what we need is a massive programme of home insulation, something we’ve been calling for years. If you were to insulate every home in Britain you would create hundreds of thousands of jobs, you would get people’s fuel bills down, you would be tackling climate change too.”
Green Party candidates in front line constituencies
In the latest in DrillOrDrop’s review of shale gas constituencies we look at three Green Party candidates
Tina Rothery, Fylde
Tina Rothery is a leading anti-fracking campaigner nationally and in the Fylde constituency, where Cuadrilla has its Preston New Road shale gas site. The company is expected to start drilling next month and fracking in early 2018.
Ms Rothery said she has been part of the anti-fracking movement since 2011 when fracking at Cuadrilla’s Preese Hall well led to small earthquakes.
“The subject has opened my eyes fully to the flaws in the system of government that we live under and I have a sense of urgency for change.”
In December 2016, the Greens gave Ms Rothery lifetime membership of the party when a case against her was dismissed following a long legal dispute with Cuadrilla over court costs. She had faced a prison term when she refused to give details of her finances to the court.
In the 2015 election, Ms Rothery stood against the then chancellor, George Osborne, in Tatton. She came fifth with 3.8% of the vote.
In Fylde in 2015, the Greens were just pipped into sixth place by the Lib Dems, with 3.2% of the vote.
Martin Brampton, Thirsk and Malton
Software engineer, Martin Brampton, is standing against six candidates in the constituency where Third Energy has permission to frack its existing well at Kirby Misperton in Ryedale.
Mr Brampton was pictured by the Gazette and Herald at the start of an anti-fracking protest walk in March from Kirby Misperton to Preston New Road in Blackpool. Last week he tweeted that he had signed the petition against fracking in Sherwood Forest
In 2015, the Greens came fifth in Thirsk and Malton with 2,404 votes and 4.6% of the vote, behind UKIP and the Lib Dems.
David Kesteven, North East Derbyshire
David Kesteven is standing for a second time in the constituency where INEOS Shale has applied for permission to drill a vertical shale gas well.
He is chairman of Eckington Against Fracking, one of the groups opposing INEOS’s plans. He told The Derbyshire Times
“They have picked the wrong village and we are going to fight back”.
Mr Kesteven, head gardener at Renishaw Hall, stood in the 2015 election when he polled 2.2% of the vote, coming fifth, ahead of the Independent, Rob Lane.
- Green Party isn’t standing in Bassetlaw, where IGas has permission to explore, but not frack, for shale gas. In 2015, its candidate came fifth out of five, with 1,006 votes and a 2% share.
Links to DrillOrDrop posts on the other party manifestos and candidates.