Three years ago today, the government formally confirmed a moratorium on fracking in England.
The new prime minister has said he will deliver on the promises in the 2019 Conservative election manifesto.
A Labour bid to introduce legislation to ban fracking was defeated this evening.
Conservative-controlled East Yorkshire council has voted overwhelmingly against fracking locally in one of the first formal reactions to the government’s lifting of the moratorium in England.
Councillors in East Yorkshire are to debate opposing fracking in the county.
The constituencies of senior members of the cabinet will be untouched by fracking. But key red wall seats taken by the Conservatives from Labour in 2019, often with small majorities, are in shale gas areas.
In this guest post, the organisation representing farmers and both small and large landowners in Yorkshire put key questions on fracking to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
Both Conservative leadership contenders have said they’re in favour of fracking if it has local support – but so far neither have explained how this would be measured or proved.
The UK’s next prime minister will be pro-fracking but only if local people want it.
Eight candidates made it through to the contest for Conservative leader and prime minister tonight.