Labour’s prospective MP for High Peak has challenged sitting Tory MP Andrew Bingham to come clean on his stance over shale gas and fracking.
High Peak residents are rightly concerned about fracking – Labour listened to those concerns and tabled a series of amendments in the House of Commons – which were backed by MPs, following a massive U-turn by the Government.
In a letter to constituents Mr Bingham says: "The Government listened to concerns and amended the Bill, so consequently it now bans fracking in National Parks - including the Peak District National Park - areas of outstanding natural beauty and in areas where drinking water is collected.... These are genuine and significant amendments and do address some of the concerns that have been raised."
In an open letter to the Tory MP, Caitlin challenges him to explain why, just days later, he supported Tory Government amendments which offer no current clear protection to national parks and drinking water areas, leaving the Peak District National Park and other areas of High Peak open to fracking.
Caitlin said: “I agree with the MP - these were very important and significant changes, especially for High Peak given that most of the constituency sits within or borders upon the Peak District National Park. We also have a number of reservoirs which collect drinking water and, of course, the source of Buxton Mineral Water.
“Why then did he change his mind just a few days later and back government proposals which severely weaken those hard fought for protections?
“He is very fond of telling everyone that he puts High Peak first – but not for the first time he’s clearly put this Tory Government first, not his constituents.”