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Statement by Ed Miliband MP on closure of Hatfield Colliery

Statement by Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband, on the closure of Hatfield Colliery:
"After nearly 100 years of mining at Hatfield, this is an incredibly sad day for the miners, their families and the wider community.

"The workers expected the mine to close in August  2016. But instead of a managed transition the
Government pulled the plug.

"In the run-up to the election, they provided closure aid. After the election, they said not a penny more.

"Now the closure will end up costing government more than keeping the mine open because of the loss of tax revenues from the company operating for another year.

"It doesn't make economic sense for the government and it is devastating for the workers.

"What Hatfield shows again is that the government talks One Nation, but acts very differently.

"In a few years time there will be a new market for coal with a clean coal power station at Drax.

"But that market will not be supplied by indigenous coal, but imported coal, with all the environmental costs of shipping coal to Britain.

"I will do everything I can to fight for the workers to find other work, doing everything in my power to co-operate 
with the local council and employment service.

"This is a day to recognise the labour of all the miners who have worked at Hatfield over the last century.

"They have kept the lights on, worked in the harshest conditions and have been servants of our country."

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