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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.”

 

 

 Text of Caitlin’s letter to Mr Bingham:

  

Dear Andrew

Shale Gas and Fracking

On January 28, in a letter to constituents you wrote:

"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."

Why then, on February 11 did you support amendments tabled by your Tory Government 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?

How is this putting High Peak first?

Yours sincerely

Caitlin Bisknell

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for High Peak

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell challenges MP on fracking

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...

High Peak Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell was joined by Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Reynolds MP in Glossop on Wednesday 28th January.

Individuals and representatives from community groups attended a meeting at Glossop Labour Club, to hear Caitlin and Jonathan talk about Labour's policies on energy and climate change and to exchange views.

Caitlin welcomed the local audience, which discussed a wide range of topics from Labour’s commitment to improving energy efficiency, tackling fuel poverty and setting targets to ensure landlords bring properties up to a decent standard.

Labour's Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Mr Reynolds MP said: "Britain’s energy market is not working with high energy bills putting pressure on household budgets. Consumers need to be confident that the energy market works for them which is why the next Labour government will freeze energy prices up to 2017, ensuring that prices can only fall and not rise, while at the same time reforming the market, making it more transparent for consumers"

Caitlin said: "Not only are people fed up by the reluctance of energy companies to cut energy costs to the consumer as quickly as the wholesale price falls, but we also have some of the least energy efficient homes in Europe.  Labour’s commitment will help consumers reduce their energy consumption, so reducing bills and help people look after the environment." 

 

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Labour's Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister visits Glossop

High Peak Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell was joined by Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Reynolds MP in Glossop on Wednesday 28th January. Individuals and representatives from community groups attended...

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell has welcomed the news that the final part of The Crescent funding jigsaw has now finally fallen into place.

“This has been a long time coming - and is a real boost of confidence not just in the scheme but the Buxton and High Peak economy.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work and lobbying by many people to get to this stage – and I am delighted that it has at last paid off.  Getting the extra funding agreed by the Heritage Lottery Fund in November was a major boost, this is now the icing on the cake.

“Given that The Crescent lost £5m when the Tory-LibDem government abolished regional development agencies, I think it is only fitting that they have agreed to find the final £2m to ensure the future of this project via the D2N2 LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership).”

“As I said last year, this is an extremely important moment for the town – I know many local people have fond, personal memories of the former hotel and baths – and are anxious to see work start on restoring the buildings.”

 As Leader of High Peak Borough Council, Caitlin has been closely involved in negotiations to secure the future of The Crescent, leading the Council’s bid to secure increased funding for the project.  Working with fellow Labour Leader, Cllr Anne Western, she persuaded Derbyshire County Council to make an loan available to the developers at a commercial rate, after banks failed to back the project.

The project also won the backing of Labour’s Deputy Leader and shadow secretary of state for Culture Media and Sport, Harriet Harman MP, when she visited The Crescent recently.

 

Final piece of Crescent funding falls into place

Labour’s Caitlin Bisknell has welcomed the news that the final part of The Crescent funding jigsaw has now finally fallen into place. “This has been a long time coming -...

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