Kevin Hollinrake – fracking cheerleader or local people’s representative?

Thirsk and Malton MP Kevin Hollinrake has come under fire from constituents after holding a Producers’ Summit behind closed doors in Westminster. The secret meeting with representatives from iGas, Ineos, Third Energy and Cuadrilla sought to develop a plan to roll out fracking across North Yorkshire.
The summit follows on the heels of Mr Hollinrake’s resignation as a member and vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Unconventional Oil and Gas. This followed revelations that the APPG received funding from fracking companies including Cuadrilla and iGas who hold exploration licences in his constituency.
Chris Redston from Frack Free Ryedale said to the Guardian:
“We note that Mr Hollinrake has now resigned, having been caught in bed with the fracking industry. It is, however, simply not credible for him to claim that he had no idea that this [parliamentary group] is funded by the fracking industry.”
Friends of the Earth’s online action is asking Kevin Hollinrake to represent the best interests of his constituents and oppose fracking.