22 Sep 2022

Political backlash after fracking ban lifted

The Government is facing a political backlash from its own MPs – after it lifted England’s ban on fracking.

The business and energy secretary Jacob Rees Mogg said it was vital to secure domestic energy supplies – dismissing critics as luddites. But some Conservative MPs claimed local residents would be “bought off” by drilling firms – while Labour described it as a “charter for earthquakes”.