The comments made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Business Secretary, on 11 March 2021.
After months of pressure, Ministers have finally been forced to act.
The truth is that this mine is terrible for our fight against climate change, won’t help our steel industry and won’t create secure jobs.
The saga of this mine is a symptom of a government that isn’t serious about its climate ambitions and refuses to invest at scale in a green future to provide the jobs that workers have a right to expect.
The Government must now block the mine and focus instead on real solutions to secure the long-term future of UK steel – and create low-carbon jobs in Cumbria and across the country with a proper green stimulus.