With 40+ marginal seats in more 170 English parliamentary constituencies potentially affected by oil and gas licences, the campaign network, Frack Free United, warned today that the impact of fracking on the election should not be underestimated. The government appeared to be trying to neutralise fracking as a voting issue by announcing a moratorium three days after calling the poll. But this afternoon, Frack Free United said more than 470 candidates in 340+ constituencies had signed a pledge to ban fracking in all its forms. This includes oil and gas stimulation using acid or smaller amounts of fluid than the current government definition of fracking. The list includes well-known names committed to a fracking ban including: the Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, the Lib Dem leader, Jo Swinson, and Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley of the Green Party. The network said it had contacted every candidate on the Democracy Now public email list and tweeted as many as possible. It also asked its supporters to contact candidates to ask them to sign up.
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