Edward Leigh

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Edward Leigh

Edward Leigh has been the Conservative Party member of Parliament (MP) for Gainsborough since 1997. He was previously MP for Gainsborough & Horncastle from 1983 to 1997. He served as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Trade and Industry) 1990-1993.[1]

Stance on fracking

Leigh's constituency includes seven oil and gas licence blocks, awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority under its 14th licensing round in 2015. Four of these licenses went to IGas, two to Cirque and one to Blackland Park. There are plans for a one shale wells and for 2D and 3D seismic surveying. [2] No applications are currently underway.

Voting record

Leigh has voted a mixture of for and against increased regulation on fracking. [3]

  • 26 January 2015: voted against making fracking companies apply for an environmental permit before conducting exploratory drilling. He voted against an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to include an 18 month moratorium on fracking.
  • 11 February 2015: voted in favour of requiring more pre-conditions for where fracking can take place.
  • 16 December 2015: voted in favour of weakening regulations on fracking in protected areas and national parks.



  1. Sir Edward Leigh, www.parliament.uk, accessed 24 August 2013.
  2. Oil and gas: licensing rounds, GOV.uk, accessed 14 November 2016.
  3. TheyWorkForYou | Oliver Letwin, TheyWorkForYou, accessed 14 November 2016.
  4. Pro-Life APPG, www.parliament.uk, accessed 18 November 2015