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MP criticises the Energy Secretary's absence in light of Daw Mill closure

Barry Gardiner MP who advises Labour leader Ed Milliband on energy, has 'hit-out' at the Energy Secretary today in parliament, criticising him for not being present following the closure of Daw Mill colliery.

The leader of the house Andrew Lansley defended Energy Secretary Ed Davey, saying he had been meeting with UK Coal to discuss matters.


Fire at Daw Mill Colliery forces closure

UK Coal Mine Holdings has announced that Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire will close.

The company blames the closure to 'the largest fire seen in a UK coal mine in over 30 years'.

The fire is still burning 740m below the surface and shows no signs of reducing.

“This has been a terrible week, not just for the company and its employees but also for the energy security of the country, as it brings an end to 47 years of coal production at Daw Mill."

Only a 'small, core team' will keep their jobs to secure the site over the next coming months. The rest of the 650-strong workforce will lose their jobs.

“We are now exploring the possible transfer of some colleagues to our other mines. Regrettably however, this news is likely to see the majority of the Daw Mill workforce being made redundant and our thoughts and best wishes are with these colleagues and their families at this difficult time.”

– Kevin McCullough, Chief Executive for UK Coal Mine Holdings

Daw Mill has been at risk of closure since March 2012 when it was also announced that a restructuring was needed to safeguard the entire business.


Over 100 miners were evacuated when it was clear the fire was too fierce

The Chief Executive of UK Coal, Kevin McCullough, has told ITV News Central that the safety of miners was the main concern following the large underground fire on Friday 22 February.

By 9:30pm, all 106 miners were evacuated when the colliery realised it was 'incapable of controlling the fire'.

Around 650 jobs may now be at risk.

UK Coal: "This fire is on a scale not seen for decades"

Daw Mill Colliery's future remains in doubt this morning following a fire which broke out on Friday afternoon.

Over the last year, the future of the colliery has been the subject of significant uncertainty.

The company is said to be consulting with the workforce over the coming weeks.

This fire is on a scale not seen for decades. I want to thank everyone in the mine that day for their professionalism and commitment.

– Kevin McCullough, Chief Executive for UK Coal

It is said there is no risk or impact from the fire to residents living close to the site or above the mine.

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