Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has joined anti-fracking protesters to call for an immediate ban on the practice.
He warned fracking would harm the environment as he met protesters at the UK’s only active shale gas extraction site in Preston New Road, Lancashire.
Labour said the UK risks missing net-zero carbon targets by 2050 if it continues to exploit gas reserves.
The government said shale gas extracted from fracking has the potential to be “a new domestic energy source”.
Mr Corbyn spoke to anti-fracking protesters outside the Preston New Road fracking site, which has been the focus of long-running protests by environmental groups.
He said Labour would ban fracking and instead focus on creating a “green industrial revolution”, which would include investment in tidal power.
“We need urgent action to tackle