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David Cameron to Meet Selby MP to Discuss Eggborough Power Station Future

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5:34pm 7th May 2014
(Updated 5:49pm 7th May 2014)

David Cameron has agreed to meet Selby's MP about the future of Eggborough Power Station.

A thousand jobs are at risk at the plant after it missed out a government grant in December to convert from burning coal to wood-burning for electricity.

At Prime Minister's Question Time, Selby & Ainsty MP Nigel Adams asked David Cameron:

"The Prime Minister will be as encouraged as I am that unemployment in my constituency is down by almost a third since the last election. However, the future for almost 1,000 workers related to Eggborough power station in my constituency is less certain. Will he meet me to ensure that we have a future for this very important asset in my constituency?"

David Cameron responded by saying:
"I am very happy to meet my hon. Friend to discuss this. What he says about the fall in unemployment, which we are now seeing right across our country, is welcome. In fact, employment is growing fastest not in the south-east but in Wales, which shows that the recovery is increasingly more broadly based. I know about the problems at Eggborough power station, and the demand there for further action, as has been agreed at Drax. I am very happy to discuss that with him and see what can be done."
Nigel Adams has since told Minster FM:
“I am delighted the Prime Minister has agreed to meet with me to discuss Eggborough Power Station, I know he takes this very seriously and I shall be making a very strong case for the Government to re-think its obsession with offshore wind farms, and ask them to reconsider Eggborough Power Station’s bid as a biomass converted power station are far more reliable, produce power when you need it, and are better value for the taxpayer."
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