Labour anger at energy ministers “dereliction of duty” over Coryton
Date posted: 13-06-2012
THE PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate for Thurrock (Labour) Polly Billington has launched a blistering attack on the governments energy minister over the continuing crisis at Coryton.
Shadow energy minister, Caroline Flint wrote to minister, Charles Hendry for clarification on a number of points.
In a document seen by YT, Mr Hendry tells Ms Flint:
“The administrators have sounded out the government regarding possible assistance…There has also been a subsequent request from Unite that Coryton be taken into public ownership
“We concluded that public money could not be used in this way to keep the refinery open.
“It is unclear what support the French government provided to the Petit Couronne refinery but as far as we are aware the German, Belgian, Swiss governments did not provide any state aid.”
Ms Billington has slammed the minister. She said: “This is an absolute dereliction of duty. A government minister should be straining every sinew to do what they can for the workers.
“This is not only just about 850 jobs but their families and a whole community under threat.
“There is a breath-taking air of complacency, an air of a minister not in charge of his brief at best and dis-interested at worst.”
Employees, union members, residents and families are planning to march on Westminster on Thursday.
It is also expected that a number of questions will be tabled in the House of Commons to Mr Hendry on Thursday.