Conservative MPs support fracking ban and onshore wind

A group of 41 backbench Conservative MPs have thrown their support behind an environmental manifesto that seeks to ban fracking and promote the growth of onshore windpower, contrary to the government’s support for fracking and opposition to onshore wind.

The Conservative Environment Network (CEN) manifesto, launched in Westminster yesterday, is supported by a caucus of MPs including Oliver Letwin, Zac Goldsmith, Vicky Ford, Richard Benyon and Nicholas Soames. 

The manifesto argues that “tackling the existential threat of environment breakdown offers our divided country a new national project” that can bring “economic regeneration and natural restoration to all parts of the country”.

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