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United Kingdom: Vivienne Westwood on anti-fracking campaign

ITV: The designer, Dame Vivienne Westwood, is attending an event in Swansea later today called 'We need to talk about fracking.' It's part of a nationwide tour following on from an open letter printed in the Times and signed by over 150 celebrities and scientists calling for more debate on fracking. There are reserves of shale gas in parts of south Wales and licences for exploratory drilling have already been granted by several councils. The UK government supports the extraction saying it could reduce...

Hague: Fracking can ‘weaken Russia’s grip over Europe’

ITV: Pushing ahead with controversial 'fracking' schemes could help reduce Russia's leverage over Europe, William Hague has suggested. The Foreign Secretary urged a broader energy mix as he insisted nations should not "run scared" of Moscow's "bullying behaviour" in Ukraine. The intervention - in an article for the Sunday Telegraph - came amid continuing tensions in Crimea, where pro-Russian forces have been storming Ukrainian military sites.

United Kingdom: Anti-fracking activists to begin two days of direct action

ITV: Anti-fracking activists will begin two days of direct action later, triggering a huge security operation again in the West Sussex countryside. Details about what form the "mass civil disobedience" will take have not been revealed but the aim will be to pile further pressure on energy company Cuadrilla. As part of the preparation, protesters were given a "matchmaking form" to help link people up into "action teams" based on their preferred tactics and interests. The form asks to what extent...

United Kingdom: Dame Vivienne Westwood joins fracking protesters

ITV: Renowned fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has joined protesters at the Cuadrilla fracking site in Balcombe, West Sussex. Dame Vivienne, 72, carried a placard which said: "Say no to fracking" as campaigners gathered at the site.