Rosie Winterton

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Rosie Winterton

Rosie Winterton has been the Labour Party MP for Doncaster Central since 1997.

She is a former minister and has been the shadow chief whip since 2010.[1]

In the 2015 general election, Winterton was re-elected with a majority of 10,093. [2]

Winterton remains shadow chief whip following the 2015 Labour leadership election. [3]

Stance on fracking

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‬ Winterton's constituency includes three oil and gas licence blocks, awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority under the 14th licensing round in 2015. One shale license was awarded to Cuadrilla, one to IGas and one abandoned mine methane vent licence to Alkane Energy. There are plans for two shale wells, one hrz frac well and 2D and 3D seismic surveying; no applications are currently underway. [4]

In July 2016, she said:

'I am deeply concerned that the Government is ignoring warnings from experts on fracking, and is refusing to increase protection for the public or deliver security for the UK’s climate change targets. I and my colleagues in the Labour Party believe there should be a moratorium on fracking in Britain until we can be sure that full, rigorous environmental safeguards can be observed.' [5]

Voting record

Winterton 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. She 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. Rt Hon Ms Rosie Winterton,, accessed 24 August 2013.
  2. Rosie Winterton Express, accessed 19 May 2015
  3. Who's who in Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet BBC News, Accessed 16 September 2015
  4. Oil and gas: licensing rounds,, accessed 14 November 2016.
  5. MP’s fracking warning after changes to licence for central Doncaster , Doncaster Free Press, 12 July 2016, accessed 28 December 2016.
  6. TheyWorkForYou | Rosie Winterton, TheyWorkForYou, accessed 28 December 2016.
  7. Rail APPG,, accessed 16 November 2015