UK PM's Coal Mining Joke Rubs Mining Community
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UK PM's Coal Mining Joke Rubs Mining Community

BBC reported that Wansbeck MP and former president of the National Union of Mineworkers Mr Ian Lavery has said he is appalled by the

BBC reported that Wansbeck MP and former president of the National Union of Mineworkers Mr Ian Lavery has said he is appalled by the prime minister's mining joke but not surprised. He said "These comments were not a joke, this is what he truly thinks of those he destroyed."

He added that Mr Boris Johnson should not add insult to injury by apologising for his remarks.

Mr Johnson said Margaret Thatcher's closure of mines in the 1980s had helped the UK fight climate change. Mr Johnson told reporters "Thanks to Margaret Thatcher, who closed so many coal mines across the country, we had a big early start and we're now moving rapidly away from coal altogether”

He is reported to have laughed and added: "I thought that would get you going."

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