Paul Farrelly has been the Labour Party MP for Newcastle-Under-Lyme since 2001. In the 2015 general election, Farrelly retained his seat with 38% of the vote, and a majority of just 650 over closest competitor Conservative candidate Tony Cox.
Stance on fracking
Farrelly's constituency includes two oil and gas licence blocks, awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority under the 14th licensing round in 2015. One coal bed methan licence was awarded to Norcors and one shale licence went to IGas. There are plans to conduct 2D seismic surveying, but no applications or plans for shale wells are currently underway. 
Farrelly has a mixed voting record on fracking. 
- 26 January 2015: absent for a vote on making fracking companies apply for an environmental permit before conducting exploratory drilling. He was also absent for a vote on an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill to include an 18 month moratorium on fracking.
- 11 February 2015: voted against requiring more pre-conditions for where fracking can take place.
- 16 December 2015: voted against weakening regulations on fracking in protected areas and national parks.
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