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johnson is the pits; He praises Thatcher for making 200,000 jobless and devastating communities 'Shameful' Johnson is just the pits.

Byline: rachel.wearmouth

by RACHEL WEARMOUTH

BORIS Johnson has been blasted for laughing about Margaret Thatcher's devastating mine closures.

Speaking in Scotland yesterday, the PM was asked when fossil fuel use would end.

He replied: "Look at what we've done already.

"Thanks to Margaret Thatcher who closed so many coal mines across COAL HEARTED Johnson yesterday TURN TO PAGE 2

FROM PAGE ONE the country, we had a big early start, and we're now moving rapidly away from coal altogether."

He then laughed and said: "I thought that would get you going."

Labour leader Keir Starmer branded the PM's comments "shameful".

And he added: "Brushing off the devastating impact on those communities with a laugh, shows how out of touch he is."

Mr Johnson is on a visit to the country ahead of the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow this November.

Between 1979 and 1990 Mrs Thatcher's Government closed around 115 coal mines with the loss of some 200,000 jobs.

Members of the National Union of Mineworkers walked out in a bitter strike for an entire year, across 1984 and 1985.

Then, as closures gathered pace, unemployment and child poverty surged.

Joblessness in northern England, the Midlands, south Wales and central Scotland is still higher than the national average.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said Mr Johnson's attitude underlined the Tories' "utter disregard for communities still scarred" by the loss of mines and the "failure to deliver good new jobs".

Warning against repeating those failures as we move to renewables, she added: "It is vital the green transition is fair." rachel.wearmouth@mirror.co.uk @REWEARMOUTH

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