Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

01 NOV 2018

Fracking Debate

Thank you for taking the time to email me about the Westminster Hall debate on shale gas development that was held on the 31st of October.

I am afraid I was unable to speak in the debate as I already had other commitments at that time and in order to speak, MPs have to be present for the whole debate. Nonetheless, in my view shale gas extraction remains hugely contentious and in my view we are still overly dependent on fossil fuels and whilst on track to meet our short term legal targets to decarbonise, in the long term we are set to fall short. The five hottest years for global surface temperatures since records began have been since 2010 and evidence for the effect of greenhouse gas emissions in causing this rapidly escalating effect is now overwhelming. It is time in my view to move away from investing in polluting technologies to something that allows a better future for our children than one dominated by the misery of climate change. Freak weather extremes will increasingly become a new but frightening normal.

The recent consultation concerning shale gas developments has now closed but once the government responds you will be able to view this via the following link

You may also like to view the Hansard transcript of the debate which includes a response from the Minister and you can do so here

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