MP Cat Smith grills PM on Lancashire fracking decision

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A county MP has warned the Prime Minister that to push fracking through after local councillors rejected it would be anti-democratic.

Cat Smith was speaking after Prime Minister’s Questions where she quizzed David Cameron about last week’s decision not to allow test fracking at two proposed sites in Lancashire.

He did not give me a yes or no answer and it just goes to show that the Conservative government and the fracking industry are hand in hand in pushing this through.

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She asked: “Given the Prime Minister’s commitment to localism will he respect the decision made by Lancashire County Council to rejecting fracking, yes or no?

David Cameron replied: “Those decisions must be made by local authorities in the proper way, under the planning regime we have.

“Personally, I hope that, over time, unconventional gas sites will go ahead, whether in Lancashire or elsewhere, because I want our country to exploit all our natural resources.”

Miss Smith, Labour MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said: “I think two thirds of local people do not want fracking on their doorstep and the County Councillors decision broadly reflects that view. So to force it through would be anti democratic.

“He did not give me a yes or no answer and it just goes to show that the Conservative government and the fracking industry are hand in hand in pushing this through.”