Jon Trickett

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Jon Trickett

Jon Trickett has been the Labour Party MP for Hemsworth since 1996.[1] He was Gordon Brown's parliamentary private secretary between 2008 and 2010.[2]

In the 2015 general election Trickett was re-elected with a majority of 12,078. [3]

Trickett has been appointed Shadow Communities Secretary by Jeremy Corbyn following the party's 2015 leadership election. [4]

Corbyn for leader

Trickett worked with Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to replace Ed Miliband as the leader of the Labour Party.[5]

Stance on fracking

In July 2013, Trickett criticised the government for announcing a substantial tax cut for fracking firms, and accused the prime minister of having a conflict of interest having hired Lynton Crosby as his chief campaign strategist in 2012, who has business interests in shale gas. Trickett said:

'David Cameron's failure to come clean over his relationship with Lynton Crosby has created a situation where his decisions are open to question. David Cameron must make clear exactly what sort of conversations he has had with Lynton Crosby on government policy. He must force Lynton Crosby to name his clients and the prime minister must be clear about them and their influence.' [6]
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‬‬Trickett's constituency includes four shale licence blocks, awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority under the 14th licensing round in 2015. Two of these were awarded to IGas, one to Celtique Energy and one to Hutton Energy. There are plans for four shale wells and to conduct 2D and 3D seismic surveying, but no applications are currently underway. [7]

Voting record

Trickett has been absent for most votes on fracking . [8]

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

External Resources


  1. 'Jon Trickett',
  2. 'Jon Trickett', The Guardian.
  3. Jon Trickett Express, accessed 19 May 2015
  4. Who's who in Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet BBC News, Accessed 16 September 2015
  5. Emily Gosden Jeremy Corbyn's team: the key figures backing the left-winger's leadership bid Telegraph, 26 July 2015, accessed 27 July 2015.
  6. Nicholas Watt, David Cameron under attack over fracking firm links to Lynton Crosby, The Guardian, 19 July 2013, accessed 3 January 2017.
  7. Oil and gas: licensing rounds,, accessed 14 November 2016.
  8. TheyWorkForYou | Jon Trickett, TheyWorkForYou, accessed 3 January 2017.