Westwood’s fracking message for PM

Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood attempted to deliver asbestos as a Christmas present to David Cameron – and told him to have sympathy because “he lost a child”.

The 73-year-old was at Downing Street with her businessman son Joseph Corré to campaign about the alleged health risks linked to fracking.

Mr Corre, whose impresario father Malcolm McLaren died of cancer due to asbestos, and his mother warned that the controversial hydraulic fracturing technique of extracting oil and gas could become “the next asbestos or thalidomide”.

They turned up outside the gates of Downing Street with a Santa Claus wearing a gas mask to deliver a box of asbestos – but police did not allow the “present” through.

Asked if she expected the Prime Minister to listen to their message, Ms Westwood told the Press Association: “Will David Cameron listen to us? He lost a child, he must have some sympathy, and he’s not connecting the dots.”

Instead of the box of asbestos Westwood and her son delivered “independent medical reports” on the consequences of fracking.

“They link very clearly the chemicals used in fracking industry to some really horrible, serious illnesses,” 47-year-old Mr Corre said.

“Birth defects in children, horrible cancers, skin diseases, rashes, nosebleeds, stunted growth, all kinds of things.

“We are lucky to have this information in advance from the terrible situation that his happening right now in the United States.

“We have the opportunity now, and I hope David Cameron takes it, to put an end to what could be something quite disastrous for the UK.

“David Cameron has no democratic mandate to be pushing this through onto the British people, this is something the entire country is going to start waking up to.

“He ought to listen to his chief scientific advisor and if he refuses to listen to this and we have fracking and we have birth defects and we have people getting sick, he’s got something very serious on his hands and a legacy the British people will not ever forgive him for.”

In his annual report, chief scientific adviser Professor Sir Mark Walport warned that the Government has not given proper consideration to the potential health and environmental risks of fracking.

New York state governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced yesterday that it would ban fracking after a report concluded that it poses potential health risks.

Mr Corre said that his inspiration for taking a stance against fracking was his father’s death from cancer aged 64.

“He died a really horrible death, it was quite something and I wouldn’t want to wish that onto anybody or anybody’s family.”

Downing Street declined to respond to Ms Westwood’s comments about Mr Cameron’s son.

Published: Thursday 18th December 2014 by The News Editor

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