Following the news that Ferrybridge Power Station is to close in 2016, Yvette Cooper MP said:
“This is awful news not just for the 170 people who are employed directly but also for the hundreds of contractors who are set to lose their jobs as well.
"I’m seeking urgent meetings with SSE and the unions to see what can be done, especially given that Ferrybridge hasn't reached the end of its natural life. We also need the best support for the workforce.
“But this is devastating for Ferrybridge and the area and comes on the back of job losses at Kellingley Colliery as well. There is no Government plan to support high skilled jobs - either supporting existing jobs or promoting new high skilled jobs for the future. Our community is being hit really hard and we desperately need more investment in skilled jobs for people in Knottingley and Ferrybridge.”