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Labour’s shadow energy minister has called on the government to do everything in its power to save Kellingley pit.

Following an announcement by the government that they’re to provide a £10m fund to help with a managed closure of the put in 2015, Labour said it’s now crucial to use that time to work relentlessly towards finding an alternative private sector company to provide the investment the pit needs to survive longterm.

Tom Greatrix said:

“As two of the UK’s last three deep coal pits, the loss of Kellingley and Thoresby will have a significant detrimental impact on the communities and local economies. There are 1300 direct jobs which will be lost with closure, and hundreds of other indirect jobs in the affected areas also likely to go.

“The Government’s decision to avert immediate closure means that there is now a final, short and pressing time to secure the private investment needed for these pits to continue to operate beyond 2015. If that support cannot be secured by the end of May, the Government’s £10m commercial loan will lead to the managed closure of these pits with many of the jobs likely to be gone this year before the closedown is completed next year.

“Even at this late stage, the Government should be doing everything in their power now – before the closure effectively begins at the end of May - to seek, and work with, potential alternative operators to secure an economically viable future for both pits and their loyal and dedicated workforces.”

Labour calls on government to do all it can to save Kellingley Pit

Labour’s shadow energy minister has called on the government to do everything in its power to save Kellingley pit. Following an announcement by the government that they’re to provide a...

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Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher, has announced that Labour would appoint a Minister for Yorkshire and Humber in Government to support Labour’s city-region growth agenda.

In a speech to the IPPR on Tuesday, Michael Dugher said that only Labour can offer a One Nation platform and deliver jobs and growth in every region.

As part of Labour’s devolution of power to England’s great towns and cities, Regional Ministers would facilitate relationships between Local Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities and central government; advise Ministers on the impact of local and regional policy; bring existing structures and the private sector together to encourage investment; and would be a visible representative of their area in Whitehall.

Regional Ministers would be critical in delivering Labour’s agenda to devolve more power to city-regions and Local Authorities.

Labour would set up a Regional Committee sitting in the Cabinet Office, made up of all Regional Ministers and Chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to monitor local and regional policy outcomes.

Announcing that Labour would introduce Regional Ministers, Michael Dugher said:

“Our belief is that regional growth demands sub-regional initiatives, co-ordinated and driven forward at regional level.

“Labour is pledging to introduce Regional Ministers to put the voice of the English regions at the heart of Labour decision-making. They will help to shape policy around local and regional interests with a view to correcting the regional inequalities that have arisen under the Tories.

“Regional Ministers would not be a replica of what came before, but rather would be complementary to our agenda to devolve more power to city-regions.

“Regional Ministers would bring together central government, business and local authorities, advise Ministers on the impact of government policy in the regions and promote inward investment.”

Michael Dugher also critiqued David Cameron’s modernising project, pointing to early totemic policies which have been abandoned in government. He contrasted David Cameron with Harold Macmillan, showing how he has undermined the Conservatives’ One Nation heritage.

Critiquing David Cameron’s record in government, Michael Dugher said:

“Like Cameron, Harold Macmillan went to Eton, but Macmillan’s political outlook was shaped by his serving in the First World War, a misery he shared with men from all backgrounds, and as MP for the northern industrial constituency of Stockton-on-Tees. David Cameron stands up for a privileged few not because of where he went to school, but because, unlike Macmillan, he has never really been anywhere else.

“David Cameron has failed to convince his party, because he preferred instead to regularly compromise with his party. One Nation Conservatism now appears little more than a PR exercise that has given way to the re-emergence of divide and rule, core-vote Conservatism.

“David Cameron now clings to the outdated ideology of ‘trickle-down’ economics - a model whereby growing prosperity of a few at the top eventually benefits others, in spite of growing inequalities between classes, ages and regions.

“The result is not just that David Cameron’s Government now occupies the political territory against which he once defined his modernising project. Far worse, the aspirational majority who work hard, pay their taxes, who want to get on and do well, are working harder for less.”

Labour will appoint a “Minister for Yorkshire”

Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher, has announced that Labour would appoint a Minister for Yorkshire and Humber in Government to support Labour’s city-region growth agenda.

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Leeds North West PPC Alex Sobel with Michael meeting Meanwood bedroom tax victim Paul - he voted Lib Dem in 2010 but says 'never again', and will be voting Labour next time"

 

Barnsley East MP and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Michael Dugher has spent the week touring 20 key seat constituencies across England to meet voters campaigning on the #CostofCameron.

On Thursday this week he spent the day in Yorkshire - attending a Q&A with around 30 local residents in Goole concerned at the cost-of-living with Labour's PPC Jacky Crawford, before door knocking in Leeds North West and Pudsey and his own Barnsley East seat.

Speaking after the event in Goole, Michael Dugher said:

"This is about Labour listening to voters and showing how we'll stick up for them in tackling the cost-of-living crisis.

"People here today said they were finding it hugely difficult to pay their gas and electricity bills so they welcomed Labour's commitment to freeze energy bills for 20 months and use that time to reform the market so consumers get a fair deal.

"I heard about increased use of foodbanks, the lack of affordable housing for young people, anger at the lack of action taken by the Tory-led government to combat low pay and zero-hours contracts.

"The Tories like to pretend everything's ok but the people of Goole know differently - they know that only Labour is on their side. We'll freeze energy bills, freeze business rates, increase free childcare, limit rail fare increases, encourage the Living Wage and boost and enforce the minimum wage."

Michael Dugher's #CostofCameron campaigning tour comes to Yorkshire

Leeds North West PPC Alex Sobel with Michael meeting Meanwood bedroom tax victim Paul - he voted Lib Dem in 2010 but says 'never again', and will be voting Labour...

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