Fracking debate becomes confidence vote in Liz Truss and her government

House of Commons: will the result of the fracking ‘confidence vote’ see as many people crammed into the chamber?

Did you notice this, from Prime Minister’s Questions?

It refers to an Opposition Day debate on fracking, brought by Labour, to ban the extraction of shale gas by that method.

According to the BBC, a message has been circulated to Conservative MPs, saying: “This is a confidence motion in the government.”

Tories who oppose fracking have been told to support the government line – that fracking is back on the agenda – or face being expelled from the Parliamentary party.

But what if significant numbers of them defy the demand?

If it is being taken as a confidence motion in the Truss government – an administration that has lost all authority with the loss of all its policies on Monday – then who will be around to expel all the Tories voting against her, if she loses?

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