Fracking is on the agenda at Linlithgow meetings

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Two public meetings in the run up to the Scottish Parliamentary elections will take place in coming weeks.

The first is for the Linlithgow constituency and takes place this Monday, March 14, at 6.45pm in Linlithgow Burgh Halls.

The other for the Almond Valley constituency will take place in West Lothian College on Monday, April 4, again starting at 6.45pm.

Arranged by West Lothian Trades Council, they will both consider the issue of fracking and whether it will take place in the area and across Scotland.

Both meetings will be chaired by environmental journalist Rob Edwards and those speaking will include an academic from Stirling University, Friends of the Earth Scotland, a community campaigner from Falkirk and a representative from each political party standing in the two constituencies in May’s elections.

Jim Swan, secretary of West Lothian Trades Union Council, said: “West Lothian TUC has a proud history of organising meetings that are of vital importance to the people of West Lothian.

“We think that fracking, if allowed, could be an issue that will be of huge interest and concern to the people of West Lothian.

“We think it is vital that people understand what the potential impact could be and we also think it to be important for them to know the thoughts of each of the candidates standing to represent both West Lothian constituencies in the Scottish Parliament.

“Everyone is welcome and I would hope that as many people who are able try to come along to these very important meetings.”

Meanwhile, Scottish Labour has clearly come out against fracking.

Last week, Labour leader and Lothian list MSP Kezia Dugdale said: “Scottish Labour will go into the election with a very clear manifesto commitment.

“We will oppose fracking. A moratorium is not an outright ban; it’s only a temporary stoppage.”