A former Conservative parliamentary candidate and leading establishment figure has condemned the Tory manifesto pledges in support of fracking.
UKIP says shale gas is too great an opportunity to ignore but it has promised not to drill for it in national parks.
As expected, the Green Party has promised to replace fracking, coal-fired power stations and nuclear with renewables.
A Conservative government would take some decisions on shale gas drilling plans out of local control.
The Lib Dems became the second party in two days to publish a manifesto with an anti-fracking pledge.
Labour comes out against fracking – but will its candidates in shale gas constituencies back the ban?
As predicted, Labour’s manifesto, published this morning, includes a promise to ban fracking.
The Conservatives have made big gains in the county council elections in areas in the frontline of fracking for shale gas.