(a) believes the relentless attack on Great Britain’s coal and heavy industry continues unabated. The few remaining miners of this country, the salt of the earth, were brought to tears by the closure of Kellingley Colliery a week before Christmas.
(b) states Kellingley Colliery was the last deep coal mine in Great Britain, It is situated at Beal in North Yorkshire, three and a half miles east of Ferrybridge power station.
(c) further states the powers that be have now conspired to destroy our country’s last remaining underground kingdom of coal.
(d) notes the badges and slogans that proclaim “Coal Not Dole” around Sheffield and in this chamber have been washed away like, tears in the rain.
(e) regrets We stand on this “Royal throne of Kings, this Sceptred Isle”, with enough coal under our feet for 500 years, but now import coal from all over the world.
(f) further notes if we are to have energy security and cheap, plentiful, reliable sources of power, coal must be a part of the solution. It is a crying shame that coal will now be mined from under some other nations feet instead of our own.
(g) places on record I have come to the conclusion that politics is too important to be left in the hands of our current crop of politicians.
(h) requests that a copy of this motion should not be sent to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, as I fear it would cause bewilderment and confusion.