It was an absolute pleasure to visit the Preston New Road fracking site in Lancashire today with Gordon Marsden MP and Chris Webb, to meet with activists from the local Labour group, community, and beyond, who have been campaigning at the fracking site for almost 500 days.

Where this Conservative Government remains committed to fracking, the Labour policy is very simple. We would ban it. No ifs, no buts.

Not only this, but Labour places climate change at the heart of its industrial strategy. One of our missions is to ensure that 60% of the UK’s energy will come from low carbon or renewable sources by 2030.

This is because we believe in much greater democracy and public control of our energy market. Through the creation of publicly owned locally accountable energy companies and co-operatives to rival existing private energy suppliers, with at least one in every region.

We want to give communities the opportunity to generate their own energy through renewables should they choose to do so.

Labour will support green technology, invest in renewable energy infrastructure, insulate four million homes and offer those on low incomes, grants to improve energy efficiency. These are but a few of the ways Labour will honour its climate commitments.

As well as banning fracking.

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