Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney calls for immediate halt to fracking

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has co-signed a petition with more than 150 other famous names calling on the Government to immediately suspend the UK’s fracking drive.

The 166-word letter, published today in The Times, describes how the dash to extract shale gas has the potential to “leave a damaging environmental legacy for future generations”.

It signals the start of a new “We Need To Talk About Fracking” campaign, which already has the support of a list of celebrities, scientists, politicians and lawyers.

As well as Sir Paul McCartney, the other 161 signatories of the letter include Bianca Jagger, Yoko Ono, Russell Brand, Jude Law, Michael Mansfield QC, Tracey Emin and Helena Bonham Carter.

Campaign organisers have set up a series of debates in Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester, Swansea and London, under the slogan “This is a critical moment for Britain. The Government’s plans to introduce fracking will change the UK forever”.


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