Hundreds gather at anti frack camp

ACTION STATIONS: The scene from Camp Frack this weekend
ACTION STATIONS: The scene from Camp Frack this weekend
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An estimated 500 protestors visited an anti-fracking campsite in Lancashire to voice their opposition to the controversial practice.

Environmentalists descended on a site in Mere Brow near Tarleton to attend ‘Camp Frack 2’ in opposition to the process known as fracking a for a weekend of action including live music, presentations, workshops, and a protest action.

A spokesman for Lancashire Police said last night it was estimated that 500 people has attended the camp.

He said: “We have deployed a proportionate amount of officers to the site and we have been working with the organisers of the protest to ensure their safety.

“The event has been treated as low key and our officers are in attendance for the safety of protestors rather than public order.”

Meanwhile, green groups have reacted angrily to the appointment of Lynton Crosby as Conservative Party strategist.

They say his links to the oil and gas industry - and to alcohol and tobacco bodies - mean he should not be anywhere near the heart of Government.

His lobbying firm, Crosby Taylor, is reported to represent the Australian Petroleum and Exploration Association.

Downing Street has insisted Mr Crosby does not work from No 10.

His role, said a Downing Street spokesman, was to provide political advice, but he did not have a policy-making role.

He is employed by the Conservative Party and not the taxpayer.

Tina Rothery of Residents Action of Fylde Fracking (RAFF) said at Camp Frack: “It’s got to be a conflict of interest if it’s true,” said. “But it’s no surprise to be honest. Lord Brown, the boss of Cuadrilla, is a senior Government advisor. So we don’t imagine our Government to be squeaky clean with regard to fracking.”

Eve McNamara of Ribble Estuary Against Fracking (REAF) commented: “Whoever Lynton Crosby is, his position is negligible compared with Lord Brown.

“We already have a conflict of interest right at the heart of Government.

“We are not surprised in the least about this because it it endemic throughout this Government.”