Footage shows charged scenes of anti-fracking protesters’ ambush of Tory candidate in Upton

Reporter:

Steve Creswell

VIDEO footage has emerged of Chester’s Tory parliamentary candidate being mobbed by anti-fracking campaigners in the city.

It shows activist Ben Deevoy following Will Gallagher as he walks back to his car at the Upton Heath shops on Thursday after being ambushed by protesters.

Chris Grayling, former Secretary of State for Transport, had been accompanying Mr Gallagher on the campaign trail – and he too was forced to beat a hasty retreat.

Mr Deevoy posted the film – which has had more than 11,000 views – to his public Facebook page and can be heard shouting: “Shame on you! It's treasonous what your party is up to!”

As Mr Gallagher climbs into his car, people crown around it and someone is heard shouting: “Sort your f***ing life out! Frack off!”

Ironically, the charged scenes came after Mr Gallagher had pledged his support for the anti-fracking campaigners ahead of the General Election on June 8.

He later told the Leader: “I oppose fracking in Chester. I understand the real concerns of those in Upton and across the city, and if elected, I will work with and for them to make sure fracking does not happen here. It’s not on the cards right now, and it should stay that way.

“Whilst some want to hijack this issue to score political points in the run up to an election, I am pleased that whoever is elected as MP for Chester, they agree on fracking here, and will work to prevent it. 

“That is good for our city, and instead of protesting about it, we should welcome this point of political consensus in Chester.”

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