Leaked fracking letter reveals chancellor’s ‘collusion’ with industry

A letter sent to cabinet ministers by the chancellor, setting out expectations of 'rapid progress' on shale, is condemned by Labour and green groups

A letter sent from chancellor George Osborne to his cabinet colleagues has been labelled “collusion” by campaigners and proof of the Tory’s “unabashed” support of fracking by Labour.

In the letter, dated 24 September 2014, Osborne urged ministers to make policy implementation on shale gas extraction a “personal priority” resulting in “rapid progress” of the fledgling industry.

The letter was leaked to Friends of the Earth and published on 26 January, the same day as MPs are scheduled to vote on a number of amendments relevant to fracking in the Infrastructure Bill.

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