‘Compelling reasons’ not to open Cumbrian coal mine, says Kwasi Kwarteng

‘Compelling reasons’ not to open Cumbrian coal mine, says Kwasi Kwarteng

Statement by energy secretary is the clearest indication yet of opposition within the government

There are “very compelling reasons” not to open a controversial planned coalmine in Cumbria, the business and energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said on Wednesday.

The statement is the clearest indication to date of opposition to the project within the government, which has been heavily criticised for allowing the mine as the UK prepares to host a vital UN climate change summit, Cop26.

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