Jon Trickett, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, commenting on the government heavily redacting a report into the fracking industry, said “This report clearly shows that the Tories have bent over backwards to serve the interests of big business, especially the oil and gas industry.
“The Conservatives have taken money from oil executives, trashed the rights of communities and enabled fracking companies to threaten their local environment.
“The fact they have tried to cover this up by redacting pages of critical information – like with their talks with the US over selling off parts of our NHS – further illustrates this government’s contempt for the public.
“When it comes to listening to the voices of local people or those of vested interests, the Tories always side with the latter.
“Labour will ban fracking, expand the Freedom of Information Act and introduce tough new transparency rules so government works for the many, and not the few.”