When is a ban not a ban? When it’s announced by the Tories.

The Conservative Party announced last week they would stop all fracking in England – then just three days later, slipped out an official document saying that that ‘future applications will be considered on their own merits’.

Labour candidate Hugo Fearnley sees these tactics as a dishonest and troubling development in British politics. ‘Most people hearing the announcement last week that fracking would end, were cheered by the news. There was a lot of scepticism, which has unfortunately proved well-founded.’

‘This is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook. Say one thing one day and the opposite the next. No one knows what’s true but everyone gets to hear what they want to hear.’

Hugo says that Britons deserve much better, and people in the North, who will be most affected by fracking, deserve the truth.

‘Fracking should be banned and and the industry consigned to history. But this shows appalling cynicism, and feeds public dissatisfaction with our political process. I think that’s exactly what the Tories want.’

Hugo addresses an anti-fracking rally in Malton
Hugo addresses an anti-fracking rally in Malton
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