Nigel Raises Closure of Kellingley Colliery during Prime Minister’s Questions

Nigel Raises Closure of Kellingley Colliery during Prime Minister’s Questions

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Yesterday, during Prime Minister’s Questions, Nigel raised the closure of Kellingley Colliery in the House during Prime Minister’s questions, asking the Prime Minister to join him in recognising the mine, the miners, and its importance to the area.  The transcript of Nigel’s question and the Prime Minister’s response, as recorded in Hansard, are below, and can also be accessed along with the rest of the session here.

 

Q10. [902732] Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty) (Con): This Friday sadly sees the closure of Britain’s last deep coal mine at Kellingley in my constituency. Will my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister join me in thanking the hundreds of workers who will be working their last shift this Friday, and praise the thousands of workers whose bravery and hard graft over the past 50 years has helped warm our homes, power our factories, and keep our lights on?

 

The Prime Minister: My hon. Friend speaks very strongly for his constituents. I am very happy to join him in thanking people who have worked so hard at that mine and elsewhere. Obviously it is a difficult time.

 

As part of the closure process, the Government have put in nearly £18 million to ensure that the workers receive the same package as the miners at recently closed Thoresby. That finance has allowed the mine—

[Interruption.]

It is all very well Opposition Members shouting, but may I just tell them something? This is the official policy of the Labour party:

“We must take action…to keep fossil fuels in the ground”.  That is their policy. They have also got a policy, by the way, of reopening coal mines, so presumably what they are going to do is dig a big hole in the ground and sit there and do nothing. What a metaphor for the right hon. Gentleman’s leadership of his party!