Monday 1 March 2021 / 5:04 PM Matthew Pennycook

Labour responds to news that coal at proposed Cumbria mine is potentially unusable by steel industry

Matthew Pennycook MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change, commenting on the news that the sulphur content of the coal at the proposed mine in Cumbria could mean British steelmakers are unable to use it, said:

“The already threadbare case for the Cumbrian coal mine now lies in tatters.

“Far from being essential to the future of our steel industry or providing Cumbrians with long-term, secure jobs as its Conservative cheerleaders argue, this project may not even produce coal that is fit to be used by British companies or competitive on the global market.

“It’s a false choice to pit climate against jobs. Areas like West Cumbria need good jobs, but Ministers should be working flat out to ensure they are green jobs that are secure for the long-term.

“If approved, this mine will increase UK emissions, undermine progress toward our legally-binding net zero target and damage our credibility and reputation in the year we host the critical COP26 UN climate summit. The Government must finally do the right thing and intervene to stop it.”