Toby Perkins

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Toby Perkins

Toby Perkins has been the Labour Party MP for Chesterfield since 2010. He was appointed a shadow minister for education in 2010, and a shadow minister for business, innovation and skills in 2011.[1]

In the 2015 general election, Perkins was re-elected with a majority of 13,598. [2]

He is a great-grandson of Sir A.P. Herbert, Independent MP for Oxford University 1935-50.[3]

Stance on fracking

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‬Perkins's constituency includes three oil and gas licence blocks, all awarded to INEOS by the Oil and Gas Authority under the 14th licensing round in 2015. There are plans for two shale wells, two hrz frac wells and 2D and 3D seismic surveying; no applications are currently underway. [4]

In a meeting with a green campaigners, Perkins expressed concern about the environmental impacts of fracking, but also suggested shale gas could provide energy security. [5]

Voting record

Perkins has a mixed voting record on fracking. [6]

  • 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: 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.



  1. Toby Perkins,, accessed 17 November 2013.
  2. Toby Perkins Express, accessed 18 May 2015
  3. Sarah Priddy, PIL: Current Members Related to Other Current or Former Members - Commons Library Standard Note, 13 September 2013.
  4. Oil and gas: licensing rounds,, accessed 14 November 2016.
  5. Discussing fracking with Toby Perkins MP, Greenpeace Greenwire, 5 June 2016, accessed 29 December 2016.
  6. TheyWorkForYou | Toby Perkins, TheyWorkForYou, accessed 28 December 2016.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016,, accessed 22 April 2016