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MP Yvette Cooper has joined local trade unions GMB and the NUM to demand that all the Kellingley workers get  their final payout just as the Thoresby workers did.
 

 

MP Yvette Cooper has joined local trade unions GMB and the NUM to demand that all the Kellingley workers get  their final payout just as the Thoresby workers did.
 
Almost 300 former miners, staff and surface workers are currently being denied a final payment despite a court ruling that payments were owed and despite the fact that all the Thoresby workers received the payment when Thoresby closed at a similar time.
 
The Conservative Government has tried repeatedly to block final payments to the Kellingley workforce - including the last miners at Britain's last deep mine colliery. First they refused to give the workforce the same support as Thoresby, then they went to court to try to avoid paying out, and now they are trying to limit the number of people receiving a payment.
 
In August 2017 the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) won a tribunal against UK Coal Kellingley Ltd entitling  the workforce to a final payment similar to that received by the Thoresby workforce because UK Coal failed to carry out proper consultation or explore alternatives to keep the pits open when they closed in 2015.
 
The court agreed that the workforce had not been consulted and that they should be entitled to an extra payment.


Now the government has backtracked and said that only the 409 men who were members of the NUM will receive payments despite the fact that the entire workforce were denied consultation and were wrongly treated when the pit closed (and despite the fact that all the Thoresby workforce were given payments regardless of which union they were in).


Now all the unions have come together to call for the whole workforce to get support.
 
Yvette is backing all the unions campaign for their members and is calling  for a meeting with the Energy Minister to demand that everyone gets a payout.
 
Yvette Cooper MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford commented:
 
"Time and again this Conservative Government has tried to block support for Yorkshire miners. They gave the extra payments to the Thoresby workforce without a murmur, but they've resisted help for Kellingley every step of the way. I backed the NUM who rightly fought to get these payments in the first place and it's thanks to them that the first payments have been made. Now I'm backing the GMB rightly fighting to get the same payments to the rest of the workforce too.
 
Everyone knows that the consultation  by UK Coal and the Government over the closure of Kellingley and Thoresby pits was a sham - and we also know they never properly looked at the investment options that could have kept Kellingley open for longer.
 
The Government failed to support the pit and now is failing the workforce - it's outrageous. That's why I'm demanding a meeting with the Energy Minister and campaigning with the unions to get the whole workforce the support they deserve.”

Yvette & unions launch campaign for Kellingley workers as Government tries to deny hundreds of workers their final payout

MP Yvette Cooper has joined local trade unions GMB and the NUM to demand that all the Kellingley workers get  their final payout just as the Thoresby workers did.  ...

On Sunday afternoon (11 February), Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Member, Yvette Cooper MP, presented Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale with the Group’s 2017 Super League Player of the Year Award. 

 

 

On Sunday afternoon (11 February), Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Member, Yvette Cooper MP, presented Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale with the Group’s 2017 Super League Player of the Year Award. 

 

The award is made annually by MPs and Peers to the player that they feel performed consistently at the highest level of the course of the Super League season. 

 

Gale was instrumental for Castleford Tigers in 2017, in a season that saw the club win the League Leaders’ Shield for the first time in the Super League era, and end their 91-year wait for a top-flight title. After returning to playing just two weeks after an emergency appendix operation, he was named Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel, and went on to play in all of England’s Rugby League World Cup games at scrum-half. 

 

The presentation was made at Castleford’s first home game of the season, against Widnes. Castleford clenched a tight victory against Widnes this weekend.

 

 

After making the presentation, Castleford MP Yvette Cooper said:

 

“Luke was the only possible winner after his brilliant performances last season. So it was a real honour to present him with the award after the match on Sunday.

 

His skill and cool determination under pressure, those nail biting performances that kept us all on the edge of our seats, and his incredible return so soon after surgery captured the spirit of not just the Cas Tigers, but of the whole town. 

 

It was a tight match this weekend in the bitter wind but Cas Tigers secured the right result in the end which was well deserved.”

Yvette Cooper MP presents Luke Gale with Parliamentary Rugby League Group Super League Player of the Year Award

On Sunday afternoon (11 February), Member of Parliament for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford and All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group Member, Yvette Cooper MP, presented Castleford Tigers’ Luke Gale with the...

Baby chicks are at the heart of a new pioneering project from Castleford's Manor Park Care home and Unicorn Nursery to combat loneliness by getting little children and elderly residents to rear chickens together.

Baby chicks are at the heart of a new pioneering project from Castleford's Manor Park Care home and Unicorn Nursery to combat loneliness by getting little children and elderly residents to rear chickens together.

 

Visiting the project on Friday, Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, praised the project and said other care homes and nurseries should do the same.

The project, which has seen elderly and frail residents in the care home receive regular visits from the nursery children as they work together to incubate and hatch chickens, was only meant to last 3 weeks. However, those involved enjoyed the scheme so much, they have decided to develop a garden between the nursery and the care home so they can keep the six chickens long term, rather than giving them away as originally intended.

 

A recent study showed that loneliness can be as bad for your health as a long term illness, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Over 9 million people in the UK say that they are always or often lonely.

 

After her visit to Manor Park care home, Yvette Cooper said,

 

“This is a brilliant scheme. You've got 3 year olds and 83 year olds stroking the baby chicks and having a great time together. It is a fun and innovative way of bringing different generations together and teaching children a bit more about nature.

 

“It is also an important way of combating loneliness, which we know affects so many, particularly those older people who may struggle to get out and about.

 

“The nursery manager told me the children love it and are growing in confidence. And the care home manager said it was great for the residents. The children and residents weren't just looking after the chicks together, they were reading stories together, playing Ludo together, singing songs and generally enjoying the whole thing. As one manager put it, "they bring a truckload of sunshine into the home."

 

“It was great to see how much fun the nursery children and elderly residents were having together. They have clearly developed deep bonds and I’m glad they have decided to carry on even though the project has finished. I hope this inspires other organisations to think about how they might also work together to make sure no one in our community is left isolated.”

 

 “Tackling loneliness was one of the things my friend Jo Cox was passionate about. Seeing our clinical commissioning group trialling schemes like these is a testimony to all those who have put this issue on the agenda. I'm going to promote this scheme now to the Jo Cox Foundation so they can spread the word for other areas to follow too.

Yvette backs baby chicks plan to unite local nursery and care home

Baby chicks are at the heart of a new pioneering project from Castleford's Manor Park Care home and Unicorn Nursery to combat loneliness by getting little children and elderly residents...


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