Conor McGinn has welcomed news that talks will be held to get a better pension deal for former miners.
The trustees of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme (MPS) have written to Labour MPs from coalfield communities agreeing to their demand for a meeting.
The MPs called for the meeting to review an arrangement that has deprived ex-miners of billions of pounds in pension payments.\n

Under an agreement made by the Tory Government and the trustees of the British Coal pensions schemes in 1994, half of the surplus made by the MPS goes to the Government.
Commenting, Mr McGinn said:
“I’m pleased the trustees of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme have agreed to our request for a meeting.
“Thousands of former miners who worked in local pits like Parkside and across the region worked hard for decades to build up a pension for when they retired.
“This country owes a debt of gratitude to our former miners. We owe it to them and their families to secure a far better, fairer deal for them and I will continue to fight on their behalf.
“Victory to the Miners.”
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