Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Farron warns of ‘catastrophic Climate Change’ unless fossil fuels remain in the ground during Fracking debate

Energy, Environment
Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron warns of 'catastrophic Climate Change' unless fossil fuels 'remain in the ground' during a Westminster Hall Fracking debate held on 31st October 2019. In Spring 2016, the Liberal Democrats adopted the policy of banning fracking in England and Wales and it was a key focus in their 2017 General Election manifesto. Tim Farron said: "Classifying fracking rigs under the banner of permitted development is a subversion of the planning process and therefore a subversion of local democracy. Permitted development was created for conservatories, small extensions and outhouses, none of which to the best of my knowledge have ever caused an earth tremor, yet we see fracking rigs potentially being given rights under permitted development, which is a cynical disgrace." "The subversion of the…
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Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Business, Community, Consultation, Economics, Education, Environment, Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveal that less than 1% of the North East Derbyshire District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval at the inquiry in November.1034 individuals and organisations submitted 2263 representations, 57% (1034) were objections to the Labour authorities local plan with only 14% (298) expressing support for Labour's local plan. 43% of the respondents were submitted by Dronfield Residents.During the consultation, North East Derbyshire District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 231 out of over 100,000 population attended those events across North East Derbyshire. Lib Dem Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "This is the second local Labour Council to have clearly…
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Fracking to start again in the UK

Fracking to start again in the UK

Environment
Responding to the news report that Fracking is set to start again in the UK, after being suspended in 2011, following two minor earthquakes; Liberal Democrat spokesperson for North East Derbyshire, Ross Shipman, said: "The events in Preston North Road are of very real concern to the residents of North East Derbyshire. It was the events in Lancashire, seven years ago, that led to the Liberal Democrats undertaking a full scale review of fracking and we determined that the risks outweighed any potential benefits." In Scotland, the Liberal Democrats helped to secure an outright ban on fracking and Ross Shipman wants to see that ban extended. He argues: "There are those who argue that decisions should be made on a local basis; but environmental impacts don't stop as soon as…
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Liberal Democrats demand international treaty on plastics

Liberal Democrats demand international treaty on plastics

Environment
The Liberal Democrats have demanded the Government initiate negotiations within the UN for a legally binding international treaty on plastics. The treaty, set out at the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton, would encompass phased reductions in the production, consumption and trade of virgin feedstock. It would also include a financial mechanism providing aid and capacity-building assistance to developing countries. Speaking after the debate, Tim Farron said:  “The problem with plastics is not only on our shores. It is a problem that impacts the environment, communities and wildlife across the globe. "The Government therefore has a duty to lead from the front and start weaning the world off plastics. But instead of leadership on the environment, all this Conservative Government offers is empty words. "Liberal Democrats demand better. That is why we are calling for real international action to save our environment from the scourge…
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Lib Dems: Tories are betraying our chance for cleaner, safer future

Lib Dems: Tories are betraying our chance for cleaner, safer future

Energy, Environment
The letter from the Solar Trade Association, with hundreds of stakeholder signatories, calling on Energy Minister Claire Perry to confirm the continuation of the 'export tariff', which works alongside the Feed-In Tariff to ensure that small solar generators are remunerated fairly for the energy they feed into the grid, Ed Davey, former Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, said: “After the blistering heatwave this summer, even Conservative Ministers should have realised the urgency of rolling out more green energy, especially small scale solar power but once again they’re betraying our chance for a cleaner, safer future. “It’s now beyond doubt that the Conservatives have lost the plot when it comes to fighting climate change and backing the low carbon power we need. “Solar support has already been cut drastically…
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Ross Shipman on INEOS Appeal Decision

Ross Shipman on INEOS Appeal Decision

Environment, Representation
Following the announcement that INEOS Upstream has been given permission to drill and test for shale gas at Bramleymoor Lane in the village of Marsh Lane, North Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Ross Shipman said: "This is disappointing news, but unfortunately it is no surprise. The current system does not allow local people to decide whether they want fracking or not. "This is why we must continue to pressure the Conservatives government to ban #fracking in England and Wales. "The Liberal Democrats support all moves to ban fracking and protect our environment." The full report is available here.
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Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Consultation, Environment, Representation
Fracking is a divisive subject. Some support it, some do not; and many people remain to be convinced by either argument. The Liberal Democrats believe that there are sufficient renewable energy sources - solar, wind and water - without needing to resort to such invasive techniques as fracking. However, both pro and anti fracking campaigners, along with those who remain undecided, are appalled by the latest government announcement that it intends to "streamline" regulation to accelerate the planning application process for fracking development. The planning application process exists for a reason. It's there to allow everyone impacted by any development to have the opportunity to raise any objections they may have; to allow proper scrutiny of the potential impact a development will have on communities, infrastructure, the environment and local…
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Baroness Lynne Featherstone to visit Marsh Lane, Eckington

Baroness Lynne Featherstone to visit Marsh Lane, Eckington

Environment
Lynne is the former Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, and a former Minister in both the Home Office and the Department for International Development. She was one of the chief architects of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2014 and is currently the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change. This week, she will discuss fracking and what that means for our local area with Eckington Against Fracking and other anti fracking groups. They will all then make their way to the proposed fracking site at Marsh Lane, Eckington. North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats Chair, Sam Jones said: "The Lib Dem's are commited to reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and to invest heavily in different forms of renewable energy - this means categorically banning fracking." He…
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Cable Confirms Lib Dem Position On Fracking

Cable Confirms Lib Dem Position On Fracking

Environment
In a letter to a North Derbyshire resident Sir Vince Cable has categorically confirmed the position of the Liberal Democrats: Please be assured that I and my Party utterly condemn the practice of fracking. The full letter is shown below: The Liberal Democrats' emphatic position is in complete contrast to that of Conservative MP Lee Rowley, who supports Fracking as long as it isn't in his own constituency; and the ambiguous position of Labour Party, some of whom support fracking, some don't; while their national position is anti-fracking - apparently as long as they don't shout about it too loudly (perhaps this explains why): We support all genuine attempts to stop fracking. Not just here in North Derbyshire - but throughout the UK and beyond. Every year we see wave…
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