Scottish Labour will guarantee a triple lock against fracking plans

MEMBERS of Parliament across the United Kingdom will vote tomorrow on an Infrastructure Bill.

One of the many things that will do is complete Scotland’s powers over fracking. Let’s use them.

All over Scotland there are local anti-fracking groups bringing together long-served environmental campaigners with regular Scots outraged by the idea that a multi-national company can buy drilling rights to a natural resource underneath their house.

It’s not just the injustice of the big guy versus the wee man, it’s the unknown consequences of fracking to the water table and the broader environment .

As Scots we’re proud of the fact that not only is the water among the cleanest and best in the world, it’s ours and long may that continue.

So whether it’s environmental concerns or the sheer injustice of people not having a say, Scottish Labour have said loud and clear that we’ll use the powerful new powers of the Scottish Parliament to stop fracking.

We want a tough new regulatory scheme and we won’t consider any fracking until the worrying environmental concerns have been addressed and even then, we’ll always give the people the last word with a local referendum.

That’s Scottish Labour’s triple lock against fracking.

That’s the way to protect the planet and draw strength from people power which has always been at the heart of our movement.

While arguing those points on Twitter this weekend. A bright young councillor from the Tories decided to wade in and proclaim that fracking was key to tackling fuel poverty.

What utter nonsense. How dare the Tories even begin to lecture Scots about poverty after the last five years of David Cameron’s government.

Tories want fracking so their millionaire pals can profit from the natural assets of our land – not because they care about our grannies’ heating bills.

Plus, if they were so concerned about fuel poverty, they’d back Labour’s cap on energy bills and plans to reform the market so that the big six stop operating like a cartel.

But they don’t, and what’s more, we remember the most recent time the Tories experimented in Scotland, with the poll tax.

Fracking isn’t something the Tories will get to test in Scotland.

Oh no – no guinea pigs here.

Scottish Labour will use the powers of the Parliament to protect our proud land. I only hope the SNP follow our lead and do the same.