Many people have reached out to me about the Offshore Petroleum Bill.
I completely agree with what my constituents are telling me about the Bill – it is unnecessary, undermines action on climate change and will not cut energy bills or increase energy security.
Therefore I joined my Labour colleagues and opposed it at its Second Reading in the House of Commons.
On energy bills, the Energy Secretary has herself stated that this policy will not cut prices for families. On energy security, meanwhile, doubling down on fossil fuels will make Britain more insecure, not less. The more we rely on fossil fuels, the more we depend on the dictators who control and set prices on international markets – no matter where those fossil fuels are produced.
Unfortunately, as you may know, the Bill passed its Second Reading.
I assure you that I will continue to support efforts to oppose it through its further parliamentary stages.