Lib Dem Leader Ed Davey Welcomes Review of Planning Permission for New Coal Mine in Cumbria

February 14, 2021 9:22 PM

By Ed Davey - Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Feb 10, 2021

Cumbrian Coal Mine

Impression of Surface Works at Cumbrian Mine

"The Liberal Democrats have long called for a rethink on plans on for a new coal mine in Cumbria and I am delighted that's exactly what has happened."

Cumbria County Council now need to do the right thing and throw these plans out, or the Prime Minister must intervene to make sure the coal mine is scrapped.

"It's astonishing that a new coal mine in Britain is even being considered - particularly the year we are hosting the vital COP26 conference."

COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and will be attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994. The 2021 meeting will be the 26th meeting, which is why it's called COP26.

Ed continued, "If Boris Johnson is serious about climate action he will call on Cumbria county council to scrap the mine.

"The Government needs to transform its attitude to the climate emergency. That is why I have proposed a £150 billion green coronavirus recovery plan, reshaping our economy to protect the future of our country and our planet.

This is a once in a lifetime chance to solve the massive crisis we are in, we can't afford to miss it."