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Posted on 14 May 2014 at 12:38 GMT

Anti-fracking hustings in Manchester

Over 90 people attended a hustings organised by Frack-Free Greater Manchester to test the parties' attitudes to fracking. TUSC was invited, alongside Tories, Labour, Lib Dems, Greens and Left Unity. Ukip was invited but didn't reply - if it's not about Europe or immigration, it's not on their radar!

The Tory was honest and said he was totally in favour, the Lib Dem was a 'fracking sceptic' and didn't agree with his party policy, the Labour candidate wanted 'a mature debate' at some stage but unfortunately by then 60% of the country will have been fracked.

Matt Kilsby, TUSC candidate in Salford's Claremont ward and a Unison activist, ably put forward the case for a socialist energy plan. Here he is, rolling up his sleeves to deal with Labour fence-sitting:

TUSC candidate Matt Kilsby speaking at anti-Fracking hustings, May 2014, photo by P Gerrard

TUSC candidate Matt Kilsby speaking at anti-Fracking hustings, May 2014, photo by P Gerrard   (Click to enlarge)

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