Lancashire women invoke Suffragettes for anti-fracking event

By agency reporter
September 10, 2018

On Wednesday 12 September 2018, at least 100 women dressed as Suffragettes will travel to Parliament Square to raise public awareness of fracking and what they describe as 'local democracy failures'. The women, known as the Nanas, are predominantly from Lancashire, where fracking is imminent, despite opposition from communities and local government. Joined by women from across the country, they will call on Westminster to let communities decide on fracking, without imposition from central government. 

The 21st century Lancashire suffragettes have invited all MPs to join them and make clear which side they are on when it comes to the issue of fracking. The women are also asking MPs not to support the proposed changes to planning rules over permitted development in fracking applications. This policy is currently out for consultation.

The Nanas will present their message on a giant postcard to the Department for Business, Energy and Industry (BEIS).

The group points out that whilst 2018 is the 100th anniversary of women gaining a parliamentary vote, there are still issues such as fracking where there is a democratic deficit, with energy companies appearing to take priority over the wishes of local communities.

The women say: "In Lancashire, the people and the local Lancashire County Council voted NO TO FRACKING but parliament overturned this decision and decided to frack us anyway... the mothers and grandmothers of Lancashire now ask "What point the vote, if there is no true democracy in which to be heard?

"We'll mostly be dressed in white, with sashes and hats to pay homage to the Suffragettes so will be easy to find... we'd love it if you could join us to amplify our reminder to parliament about fracking: WE SAID NO!"

The event is supported by Friends of the Earth, 350.org and Greenpeace. Several MPs, politicians and campaigners will give speeches, including Baroness Jenny Jones and Caroline Lucas MP. 

* More event details here

* More information about the Nanas http://www.talkfracking.org/nanashire-tour/who-are-the-nanas/

* Nanashire https://www.facebook.com/Nanashire1/

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