Infrastructure Bill Rally Monday 26th January and Other News

On Monday 26th January there will be a rally outside Parliament on the day of voting on the controversial Infrastructure Bill.  MPs will vote on both a proposal to ban fracking and plans to allow fracking under people’s homes without permission. Speakers invited to the rally include Vivienne Westwood, Caroline Lucas and Bianca Jagger. Please make it if you can to tell MPs loud and clear that fracking should be banned throughout the UK. 12.30pm Old Palace Yard (On the west side of St Margaret Street/Abingdon Street), opposite Parliament, Westminster, near SW1P 3JX.

Two days later, all eyes will turn to Lancashire County Council who are set to decide whether to give the go ahead for Cuadrilla to test drill in the county. These would be two of the biggest fracking tests ever contemplated in the UK and would set a precedent for the rest of the country. The Big Lemon is running buses from the South East to Lancashire on Tues 27th & returning on Wed 28th (though if there is enough interest they may run an additional coach which would allow people to return on Thurs 29th). Buses will take participants to FREE hotel accommodation in Blackpool allowing attendance at Preston the following morning for the start of the demo (9am). TO BOOK YOUR PLACE EMAIL: Southeast@frackstop.org.uk

The pickup from Lewes will be at: Lewes (Waitrose): 5.30pm, return departure 5pm on Wed 28th, arrive back in Sussex approx 10-11pm. Return Coach Fares: Waged: £10 (Suggested Donation) Unwaged/OAP/Child/Student: £FREE If you have no money: £FREE Find the event on facebook or see frack-off.org

Meanwhile, local residents will head to Norman Baker’s offices on (Friday 23rd) in solidarity for the amendments to the Infrastructure Bill he has proposed along with Caroline Lucas. The amendments propose to delete all the ‘fracking’ related clauses from the Bill and also delete the ‘principle objective’ which would legally bind future governments to maximise recovery of all UK oil and gas. Meet 11.45am in the precinct near Costa’s. For more information on the amendments, see Drill or Drop.

There will also be a debate, ‘Fracking for the Nation?‘ at Sussex University on the national and international implications of fracking on Tuesday 27th January. The debate will take a Question Time format, with 4 panelists, some in favour of fracking, some with mixed views and some opposed. Each will have an opportunity to present their views before the discussion is opened up to include the audience. Starts 18:00, Jubilee 144. For a campus map, see: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/webteam/gateway/file.php…

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