ALL seven of Wiltshire's MPs last night voted against a Labour Party motion to ban fracking.

The MPs who voted against the ban were Welsh Secretary Sir Robert Buckland (South Swindon); Justin Tomlinson (North Swindon); Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Michelle Donelan (Chippenham); John Glen (Salisbury); James Gray (North Wiltshire); Danny Kruger (Devizes); and Dr Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire).

Wiltshire Council leader Cllr Richard Clewer also recently refused to make a commitment to a ban on fracking in the county.

Last night’s vote took place among scenes of chaos and confusion in the House of Commons, with allegations of ‘manhandling’ and bullying, which were denied.

At one point, the government’s chief whip Wendy Morton was said to have resigned but was allegedly talked out of it by the Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Commenting on Good Morning Britain about the scenes of confusion, Mr Kruger said: "Clearly, things are a mess.

"The problems with the whipping yesterday and the day before are indicative of a Government in turmoil."

The MPs rejected the motion that would guarantee Parliamentary time for a bill to ban fracking.

Despite there being 357 Conservative MPs in Parliament, there were just 326 votes against Labour’s motion.

Conservative MPs were ordered by whips to vote down the anti-fracking motion, with anyone who defied instructions expected to lose the whip.

To stem Tory MPs’ fury at being ordered which way to vote on the controversial issue, Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said the issue of communities being able to approve or reject fracking in their area would be opened up to a public consultation. He also tabled an amendment to the motion.

Dozens of Tory backbenchers and ministers had previously voiced opposition to the resumption of shale gas drilling in England, so were placed in a difficult position when party whips said the motion would be treated as a confidence motion in Liz Truss’s government.