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'We didn't vote for fracking' - Lancashire women plan protest at Conservative Party Conference

Emma Thompson joined anti fracking protest in Lancashire last moth

A number of women from Lancashire, dressed as suffragettes are planning to protest outside the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham with 'we didn't vote for fracking message'.

They are highlighting public opposition to the Government's plans to fast-track planning for fracking at the expense of local democracy

The women, many of whom live close to Cuadrilla's site at Preston New Road will be dressed as Suffragettes. Last month they were joined in a similar protest by actress Emma Thompson.

The protest is planned outside a fringe event where the Minister for Energy Claire Perry MP is speaking alongside fracking industry representatives .

The anti-fracking campaigners were protesting at the site on Preston New Road Credit: PA

Ruth Owens, a mother from Thornton in Lancashire, will be travelling to Birmingham.

"Fracking is being forced on our communities against the wishes of local people and democratically elected Councillors. We are at the Conservative conference to say enough is enough.

If the Government's proposals to fast-track fracking go through then the Conservative party will be remembered for opening the door to industrialisation of our precious countryside, undermining local democracy and silencing people on decisions which affect them."

All the women coming to Birmingham are horrified that four men who were in Preston Court for protesting at Preston New Road last year were sentenced to over a year in prison.

This heavy sentence for peaceful protest makes us more, not less, determined to make the Government see sense about the need for action on climate change.

– Gina Dowding, a Lancashire County Councillor from Lancaster