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MPs to join Kellingley rally to push for government support

A host of MPs are to join a rally urging the Government to help extend the life of Kellingley Colliery.

A host of MPs are to join a rally urging the Government to help extend the life of Kellingley Colliery. Credit: Press Association

Yvette Copper MP, Dennis Skinner MP and Ian Lavery MP will march with NUM General Secretary Chris Kitchen and others through Knottingley to the pit entrance from 10.30am today.

It's the latest in an ongoing campaign asking the Government to approve plans which would grant £300 million in state aid to the colliery, saving 8,000 jobs.

We have been fighting for the survival of the British Deep Mined Coal Industry for the last 30 years, we will continue to fight to the last. The UK gets over 30% of its electricity from coal and we must make sure that it is British Deep Mined Coal keeping British Miners in work rather than importing all our coal.

– NUM General Secretary Chris Kitchen

We have now received a plan from the company and will look carefully at their proposal, bearing in mind that we must make sure that taxpayers receive value for money. When we talk about state aid we are referring to taxpayers money and not a separate pot in Brussels that we can dip into. The European Commission considers what support Member States can give to companies but does not provide the funding for that support.

– A Government spokesman

Snow remains on higher ground

The weather brought parts of the region to a standstill yesterday as snow flurries descended during rush hour - many journeys to work took hours instead of minutes.

Snowmageddon day two didn't really emerge, but those living in higher parts of West and South Yorkshire and Derbyshire are still facing problems due to the plunging temperatures.

Chris Kiddey has been out with a mountain rescue team near Hathersage:

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