There were strong commitments against fracking and for renewables at the Labour Party conference on Tuesday 29th September.
The Shadow Energy and Climate Secretary-a new young woman called Lisa Nandy MP gave a spirited performance calling for “a dramatic change of course”.
She is moving and a conference statement of policy when she said “We can heat our homes and still protect the environment.
She pointed out that the green economy was outstripping the general economy in terms of growth by a factor of 3 to one. She called upon the conference to be serious about our energy security and fight the Conservative policies of pulling “the rug out on solar energy and wind farms “she gave the example of Nottingham providing a lot of its own energy by “going green”. She said that a new Labour government would be leading the renewable energy equipment needed with innovative policies. This would provide more jobs and create “a clean energy boom”. More could be done by local communities now with regard to local power generation by renewable mean s.
Kerry McCarthy MP gave, the new Shadow Environment Secretary gave a Labour Party commitment “to stop fracking”. This was received with loud cheers
A delegate Eileen Randall of Thirsk said that the “rush to promotion of fracking was to please vested interests”