More than half of High Peak general election candidates oppose fracking

Frack Free Greater Manchester have been asking candidates to sign the Frack Free Promise, promoted by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, which states "If my constituency is at risk of fracking, I will oppose it. If my constituency is not at risk, I will oppose fracking nationwide." Read how candidates reacted below.


Caitlin Bisknell of the Labour Party became the latest General Election candidate for High Peak to oppose fracking, both in the constituency and nationally. She made the pledge last night at the Hustings organised by Transition Buxton. Charlotte Farrell for the Green Party and Stephen Worrall of the Liberal Democrats had both already signed the Frack Free Promise, promoted by Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, which states "If my constituency is at risk of fracking, I will oppose it. If my constituency is not at risk, I will oppose fracking nationwide." Ms Bisknell's pledge to sign now means more than half the candidates for the High Peak in the General Election now oppose fracking.
Andrew Bingham, the Conservative candidate, said he supported shale gas, although he agreed with the current ban on fracking in the National Park. UKIP candidate Ian Guiver did not commit to opposing fracking but said "I don't think anyone would welcome it" and that local communities should have the right to oppose drilling.
Martin Porter, Press Officer for Frack Free Greater Manchester, who lives in Glossop said "The two front benches in the House of Commons have been acting like cheer leaders for the oil and gas industry, so it is reassuring to hear that individual candidates are prepared to listen to the voters and oppose shale gas. Banning fracking is not just the first step to stopping Climate Change, it is the next step in reclaiming our democracy from the fossil fuel dinosaurs."

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