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MP welcomes Government intervention on Cumbrian coal mine

March 12, 2021 9:33 AM

Commenting on the breaking news that the Government have called-in the planning application for the Cumbrian coal mine, local MP Tim Farron said: "It's fantastic news that the Government have at long last finally woken up to the fact that this mine would be an almighty backwards step in our fight against climate change.

"In the year that Britain hosts COP26, it is blindingly obviously that we won't be taken seriously on the world stage with this coal mine hanging round our neck.

"I hope this public inquiry leads to these plans finally being axed, and the Government instead looks at bringing well-paid, long-term, green jobs to Cumbria, starting off by reversing their decision to deny our county a freeport and step in and save Newton Rigg agricultural college from being closed."