MP says he will fight ‘to the end’ to save Thoresby from closure

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MP Mark Spencer has hit back at claims that the Government are still not doing enough to save Thoresby Colliery by saying ‘I will keep pushing until the very end’.

Last week Chad reported that Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex criticised the Government during a debate in the House of Commons for failing to promise it would apply for EU state aid.

But Sherwood MP Mark Spencer once again gave the issue his full backing, saying: “I discussed Thoresby Colliery with Government colleagues in the House of Commons.

“I have been working behind the scenes for months trying to secure a deal that would allow the colliery to remain open for as long as possible and I will keep on pushing until the very end to save jobs in my local community.

“The issue facing Thoresby and all UK Collieries is the price of coal, it is now so low that it makes it simply 
not viable to operate these facilities.

“Of course UK Coal is a private company and the decision to engage in a managed closure of the facility was not one taken by any Government.

“I am hopeful that by delaying the closure we might give the coal prices a chance to rise once again.”

Thoresby Colliery, along with Kellingley Colliery in South Yorkshire, are due to close next year with the loss of hundreds of jobs.

Owners UK Coal announced they were in financial trouble earlier this year, and have already laid off hundreds of miners during the summer at Thoresby as part of their ‘controlled closure’.

The Government has already pledged a £4m loan to help keep the pit open in the short term, but there are hopes with EU state aid, it could prolong the life of the pit, and eventually attract a buyer.