Shadow minister to be quizzed at visit

Shadow Water and Environment/Fisheries Minister, Barry Gardiner, is coming to Fleetwood.
Shadow Water and Environment/Fisheries Minister, Barry Gardiner, is coming to Fleetwood.
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Residents will have a chance to meet Labour’s Shadow Minister for Water and the Natural Environment/Fisheries when he hosts a public meeting on energy and fishing.

MP Barry Gardiner’s visit will allow members of the public a chance to have their say and even help to shape Labour policy on those particular areas.

The meeting takes place at the Mount Hotel tomorrow and will be divided into two parts.

First up will be the discussion on energy from 10.30am to 12.30pm, entitled Energy of the Past, Energy of the Future.

Among the items likely to be up for discussion will be key energy topics such as Halite, the Wyre Barrage scheme and fracking.

In the afternoon, the second part will look at local concerns about fishing and takes place from 2pm to 3pm.

When it ends, Mr Gardiner, the MP for Brent North, will head out on a local inshore fishing boat to get a first hand look at the challenges facing Fleetwood’s last surviving fishermen out in Morecambe Bay.

The visit is being organised through Fleetwood’s MP Cat Smith, who said: “This meeting will take a round table format which will give people a chance to have their say.

“The views of local people are important because we’ll reflect on them and they will help the Minister when it comes to moving forward with our policies on both energy and fishing.

“Anyone can come along and we will welcome people’s views and concerns.

“We have invited a number of organisations to come along and we will particularly welcome the views of those from the fishing and fish processing sectors.”