Andrew Percy

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Andrew Percy has been the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the constituency of Brigg and Goole in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire since May 2010. [1] In the 2015 general election Percy retained his seat with a majority of 11,176. [2]

Fracking is 'industrialisation of our countryside'

In July 2019 in the House of Commons, Percy called upon ministers to consider withdrawing the government's proposals for permitted development rights that would see fracking applications fast-tracked without local councils' involvement and shale gas exploration potentially transferred under the national infrastructure regime.

The proposals, under consideration by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ((BEIS)) since a public consultation closed in October 2018, are yet to go forward.

Fracking, Percy argued, should be 'treated in the same way' in the planning system as 'any other industrial development in open countryside' would be. The government should instead be giving 'greater powers to communities to decide with they want fracking in their areas'.

He said:'Like many of constituents I am deeply concerned about some of the associated impacts on the environment that come with fracking.'

'I hope there won’t be any changes that will make it easier for fracking to be permitted through the planning system.' [3]

Israel advocacy

In October 2015, Percy signed a letter in The Guardian along with more than 150 people drawn from the arts and politics. The letter launched Culture for Coexistence, an organisation that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.[4]



  1. Andrew Percy MP, accessed 28 May 2015
  2. Brigg & Goole parliamentary constituency BBC News, 8 May 2015, accessed 28 May 2015
  3. Fracking ‘industrialisation of countryside’, says former Tory MP, Energy Voice, 23 July 2019
  4. Harriet Sherwood, 'Star authors call for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue rather than boycotts', The Guardian, 22 October 2015, accessed 23 October 2015
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016,, accessed 22 April 2016