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Sunak faces by-election as ex-energy minister quits over drilling legislation

05 Jan 2024 2 minute read
Former minister Chris Skidmore. Photo Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA Wire

Rishi Sunak faces another by-election challenge as former energy minister Chris Skidmore resigned as an MP, after quitting the Tories over legislation to boost North Sea oil and gas drilling.

Mr Skidmore, who led a Government review of net zero, announced on Friday he would stand down, with a scathing attack on the Prime Minister’s environmental stance.

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The MP for Kingswood in South Gloucestershire said the “future will judge harshly” anyone who backs the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill due before the Commons on Monday.

He said he could not vote for legislation that “clearly promotes the production of new oil and gas” and would show the UK is “rowing ever further back from its climate commitments”.

“To fail to act, rather than merely speak out, is to tolerate a status quo that cannot be sustained,” he said in his resignation statement.

Mr Skidmore said he would resign the Conservative whip to make him an independent and quit as an MP “as soon as possible”.

He confirmed to the PA news agency that he would quit “next week when Parliament is back”, with the Commons still on its Christmas recess until Monday.


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A.Redman
A.Redman
1 month ago

With his new found freedom he will
be travelling to China, Russia ,USA to ensure that they will be cutting back their existing oil and other fossil fuel extraction.?🤔

Jeff
Jeff
1 month ago

Woa! This is the first by election in recent years that is not the result of a Tory MP or PM disgrace?
Just realised.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Unfortunately for democracy, he is one of the many Tories with a conscience, now on the outside looking in, joining the likes of Rory Stewart, Michael Heseltine and Ken Clark who have stood up and exposed the current lot for what they are.

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

Rat leaves sinking ship! Suddenly notices the company he has been keeping. What an epiphany.
Still, better late than later.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
1 month ago

Do not ned a BY ELECTION need a General Election to sweep the Tory filth out

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