A guest post from Tom Roberts, who I met at a hustings and later bought on board The Beestonian when it turned out he was a pretty sharp writer. I recently commissioned him to look at the contentious issue of fracking for an article. It’s key we know where our representatives stand on what is sure to be the most important issue over the next few years. However, each time a Tory is asked their position, they act rather strange. 

If you have a Tory representative, ask them to state their position. The Lib Dems and Labour, (and unsurprisingly perhaps, the Greens) have stated their opposition to fracking. Not so the Tories, who are all out for letting frackers pump toxic water under the nature reserve, and stick rigs on Bramcote Park. Yet they’re a bit embarrassed to say so. Tom tells us more.

Fracking in Broxtowe is fast becoming a major issue. Ever since our MP, and professionalfrack-well Commie Hunter, Soubz of the Yard decided to perform one of her patented U-Turns and promote speculative drilling. Given the relatively untested nature of fracking, and the relative beauty of our area, it seems vital that Borough Councillors oppose this drilling if our MP won’t. A fact that brings us on quite nicely to the Toton and Chilwell Meadows By-Election.

Conservative Borough Council candidate, Stephanie Kerry, has decided to present herself as the defender of the Greenbelt. Vowing to oppose the building of desperately needed homes at any cost. Keen to recruit a new volunteer in the battle to keep Broxtowe frack free I decided to contact Ms Kerry to ascertain her position on the matter. Apparently another man who shared my brilliance was Greg Hewitt, of Frack Free Notts, who also wished to ascertain Kerry’s position.

I voyaged through the twisted intertoobz and alighted upon her campaign Facebook page to ask the following:

“When you talk about working with Anna Soubry to protect the green belt does this include fracking under it? I saw on the news that Soubry has recently performed a U-Turn and endorsed fracking and given it’s dangerous history I don’t want our green areas poisoned!”

Keen to get a response from “the candidate that listens to Broxtowe” I sat at my laptop waiting for the sweet ding of the notification sound. It never came. After a short while, and sure there must be some mistake, I decided to check my message for typos only to find it deleted! Yes, it turns out I’m not part of the Broxtowe that Ms Kerry is listening to! And neither is Greg Hewitt who also saw his post deleted! Agog! Aghast! I stumbled from my screen in shock. She had blocked me!

It appears that the sensitivity of the issue of fracking must have overcome Stephanie Kerry’s usual open-ness. Given the threat fracking may pose to our greenbelt, something Stephanie Kerry vows in her largely misleading leaflet to protect, it seems odd for a candidate to become so evasive. This may be because the party line is both pro-fracking and pro-greenbelt, a position that seems hard to reconcile

Want to find if your South Broxtowe Tory representative is willing to let the frackers free reign over our greenspaces? Why not ask them?

Broxtowe Tories:

Or find them on here, and politely get in touch to find their opinions (and, as they are there to represent you, give them yours!) . (click to enlarge)