West Lancashire Conservative candidate Mike Prendergast has welcomed news that the current ban on fracking is to remain in place.
The 38-year-old solicitor said:
It’s great news that the government has shown that it is committed to its pledge on fracking and the current ban is to remain in place.
In the middle of an energy crisis caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine it’s good that we are exploring future options to boost our long-term energy security and also listening to local communities on their views on fracking.
The unprecedented support provided by the Conservative government for energy bills will save the typical household £700 this winter through the Energy Price Guarantee, on top of providing £400 in grants, with the most vulnerable households receiving £1,200 of support as part of a £37 billion package. This will provide a welcome relief to households and will make sure families and businesses are protected from rising energy costs this winter.
There has been a lot of scaremongering by opposition parties about fracking, but the confirmation of the current ban should bring an end to this. I will be campaigning on a positive platform to support and improve West Lancashire for residents and local businesses.