Tory MP says fracking could cost party the next election and ‘the barnacle must be removed from the boat’

imageThe Conservative Party could lose the next general election unless it drops its support for fracking, an MP and campaigners from the region have warned.

North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley, a former oil and gas analyst, said the Government’s backing of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas is a “barnacle that needs to be removed from the Conservative boat as quickly as possible”, in a nod to Tory election strategist Sir Lynton Crosby.

Mr Rowley said there are around 200 seats where licenses have been granted, many of which are marginals.

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