Yvette Cooper MP

Working hard for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford & Knottingley

Save Kellingley Colliery

UK Coal and the Government have reached a deal to close Kellingley colliery in 2015 with the loss of 700 jobs.

The first redundancies have already taken place but there's still a chance we can keep Kellingley open going forward. We need the Government and UK Coal to reach agreement and submit a proposal for EU state aid to extend the life of the mine and to explore all other potential options.

If we don't take action quickly, we won’t be able to get the new development going again and it will be closed for good.

Please take a moment to sign our petition and send a message to the Government and UK Coal to do everything they can do find a proper solution to the closure of the colliery and save 700 local jobs.


 We call on UK Coal and the Government to do everything possible to find a solution to the current crisis including working with other investors and the European Commission to get a deal that would keep the pit open beyond 2015. 

Goal: 1,729 signatures

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signed 2016-05-19 19:20:56 +0100
signed 2016-03-29 22:19:50 +0100
What is the point in closing our coal mines, only to import from somewhere else, with local people then relying on welfare?
signed via 2015-12-18 19:14:50 +0000
They have closed it, but they can re-open it too. Let’s bring something back to Yorkshire and stop the fracking. These men deserve it!
signed 2015-12-18 19:10:55 +0000
signed 2015-12-18 09:15:45 +0000
WE NEED FRACKING IN THE UK BECAUSE WE DONT WANT TO RELY ON ENERGY FROM OTHER COUNTRIES


WE DONT NEED TO MINE COAL IN THE UK BECAUSE WE CAN BUY IT FROM ABROAD ?


IT IS VERY SHORT SIGHTED TO SAY OUR COAL IS TOO EXPENSIVE

AS SOON AS WE ARE UNABLE TO MINE OUR OWN COAL THE PRICE OF COAL ABROAD WILL INCREASE


JUST ANOTHER DIFFICULT DECISION BY THE TORYS TURNS OUT TO BE THE WRONG DECISION WHAT A BUNCH OF SO CALLED EDUCATED IDIOTS !!!
posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-18 08:54:07 +0000
Sign the petition: Save Kellingley Colliery
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signed 2015-12-16 22:22:58 +0000
This is just the economics of the madhouse. Factor in the social cost of closure, the carbon footprint of importing subsidised coal and the cost of prematurely knocking off coal fired power stations. The cost of keeping these Pits and Stations running for an interim period is probably cheaper than investment in the confused and unproven field of alternative technologies. Fracking could be good as it produces oil in the same manner as the oil industry has for decades, it is just extracting it from a different type of rock. Drax station imports foreign timber fuel. Why can we not produce our own supplies by felling many of our numerous surplus trees and then start coppicing the woodlands ? Go to Scotland and see the forests of wind turbines with stationary blades. It could just be that investing in the new technologies lines the pockets of the Bankers and Tax Dodgers; and maybe even the Chinese. If this process and the selling off of our utilities goes much further I can envisage our Pig Boy and his Chancellor going cap in hand to Greece for a bail out. Come on Labour start a debate on the real issues !
signed via 2015-09-03 13:12:15 +0100
I agree Andy very short sited decision by MP’s that haven’t come from working class backgrounds. As mentioned highly skilled personal trained over many years to mine mineral that we still depend on and rather ship in from all over the world because they say its cheaper!!. Just one last comment in ref to Yvette Coopers statement to allow 10,000 more immigrants into the country my answer to that is send them to Kellingley Colliery and we could mine coal cheaper than anywhere in the world but I supose 95% of them will never work!!
signed 2015-08-29 11:05:08 +0100
Kellingley Colliery represents the end of our deep mining heritage, all of the UK,s deep coal reserves will be beyond use after its closure leaving the country subject to every hike in world coal prices. This will also represent the end of a world leading “mining skill set” as the workforce becomes redundant!

Andy Devey
signed 2015-08-14 13:00:33 +0100
signed 2015-08-14 09:23:55 +0100
Thought there was no interest in reopening the coal mines, Yvette? Or do you just change your views to suit whatever point will win votes.


https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/yvette-cooper-takes-aim-jeremy-corbyn
signed via 2015-08-13 15:21:15 +0100
signed 2015-08-13 11:47:58 +0100
signed 2015-08-11 12:16:24 +0100
signed 2015-08-08 15:57:06 +0100
signed 2015-07-28 14:53:50 +0100
We still produce the best coal in the world and its time to start re-investing into the british coal industry.
signed 2015-07-27 11:26:04 +0100
signed 2015-07-24 21:00:50 +0100
signed 2015-07-20 18:43:24 +0100
signed 2015-07-14 10:12:45 +0100
signed via 2015-07-02 09:52:05 +0100
signed via 2015-06-30 21:28:16 +0100
signed via 2015-06-30 20:34:13 +0100
signed 2015-06-30 13:32:44 +0100
signed 2015-06-05 15:48:16 +0100
The Tories have been destroying the Coal Industry and its communities for as long as I can remember – This cannot happen
signed 2015-05-24 00:07:35 +0100
signed 2015-05-20 11:04:22 +0100
signed 2015-05-19 18:22:03 +0100
signed 2015-05-15 22:23:43 +0100
I worked for CISWO in the early 1990s, based in Pontefract & covering the South Yorkshire & North Notts Coalfields. I also completed an MA during the Heseltine mine closures of that time, into the social effects of coalmine closure on coalmining communities. One of the pits I covered was Kellingley. To hear of it’s closure smacks very much of the situation in the South Wales Coalfield post 1984, when deep mines there were obliterated by closure apart from Tower colliery which stayed open because the workforce decided to confront the Tory government under Thatcher, & succeeded in making it a going concern beyond belief !! Not only is it essential that Kellingley jobs are kept, but also it now stands as a bastion in the fight to keep open deep pits in the UK

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