Tessa slams Heappey for voting to abolish protections against Fracking
Tessa has slammed Mr Heappey, the new Tory MP's decision to vote for the abolition of protections against fracking in sensitive countryside, along the coastline and in important wildlife sites.
Several protective measures for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Sites of Specific Scientific Interest and National Parks insisted on by the Lib Dems last year were overturned just before Christmas in a vote in Parliament. The new Conservative MP for Wells voted to reverse the protections, which would have served Somerset well.
Tessa said “I’m appalled, as are many local people, that in spite of his well-publicised promises – which were repeated during 25 public meetings in the run-up to last May’s elections – the new MP has broken those, done a u-turn and voted to abolish protections against fracking across Somerset.”
“I can’t believe this has happened. Before he was elected, Mr Heappey trumpeted his so-called ‘opposition’ to fracking far and wide. It’s not just disappointing, but downright hypocrisy - duping voters by saying one thing when he wants their support and then voting for what he describes as the "huge economic benefits" of fracking at the first opportunity.”
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In a line that could have come straight from Bush or Blair when pushing for their war in Iraq, our Prime Minister has labelled those opposed to bombing Syria "a bunch of terrorist sympathisers".
Our present Tory MP is clear that he wants to go ahead with airstrikes, I'm still opposed.
Both he and I spoke with BBC Somerset earlier, catch it here before 10pm, when MPs will be voting on the issue.
2nd December 2015
In 2012, Theresa May and the Tories brought forward plans to force internet service providers to keep a record of all your texts, emails and every website you visited.
This was an enormous intrusion into our privacy and a staggering attempt to grab our personal data on a scale we’ve never seen before.
The Lib Dems were clear then, and are clear now, a ‘Snooper’s Charter’ has no place in Britain. So we blocked it.
Theresa May’s revised plans have been published today. She should not try to sneak these provisions back into Bill again.
Make no mistake. The Lib Dems will fight any attempt to bring back the so-called ‘Snooper’s Charter’ under a different name.
12th November 2015