Letter: Anti-fracking: no real public support

Anti-fracking candidates polled badly in the General Election.
Anti-fracking candidates polled badly in the General Election.

How well did the anti-fracking candidates do in the General Election?

Very badly. Taking the two most vocally opposed to shale gas, Philip Tate stood solely on an anti-fracking ticket polled 692 votes in the 2015 General Election, in the 2017 General

Election his vote fell to 542. He polled only 1% of the vote.

Di Keal, Liberal Democrat who is a spokesperson for Frack Free Ryedale, polled 4,703 in 2015 and only polled 3,859 in 2017 that was only 6.7%.

Hardly a mandate to ban fracking.

Especially when you realise that our MP Kevin Hollinrake polled over 6,000 more votes than in 2015 with a very substantial 33,572.

This is even more remarkable if anyone stops to think about what a long time these protesters have been utilising the media to try and frighten us all. What a waste of time and energy.

This begs the question, just how much support do they have locally?

They may summon a legion of people from afar who enjoy a ‘cause’ but it has not convinced the locals that there is anything to get too alarmed about. Common sense won the day.

Andy Smith