Truss Faces Major Revolt On Fracking As Senior Tories Pledge To Defy Whip; Resigns

"Chris Skidmore, head of PM’s net zero review, among Conservatives willing to vote against government"

"Liz Truss was at risk of a significant Commons rebellion over fracking on Wednesday after a series of senior MPs, including the head of her net zero review, announced they would vote against the government on a Labour motion on the controversial policy.

This was despite Conservative whips billing the vote, on a Labour opposition day motion seeking to give parliamentary time for a bill that would outlaw shale gas extraction, as a confidence motion – meaning rebels would lose the Tory whip.

Chris Skidmore, a former minister and leading voice of green Tories, who Truss appointed in September to examine the government’s route towards net zero emissions by 2050, said he was willing to accept this."

Pippa Crerar, Peter Walker and Aubrey Allegretti report for the Guardian October 19, 2022.


"Liz Truss Resigns As Prime Minister After Tory Revolt" (BBC News)

Source: Guardian, 10/20/2022