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Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the first meeting of the Scottish Open Cast Mining Taskforce, chaired by Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, as a positive step towards working to save as many jobs in the industry as possible.

The taskforce was created by the Scottish Government in response to Scottish Coal going into liquidation with the loss of 590 jobs. The group includes representatives of affected councils, the Coal Authority, the relevant unions, the Scottish Government and its Agencies, environmental agency SEPA and the UK Government. A cross-party of Parliamentarians including representatives from the coalfield communities affected are also involved.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell said:

"I am pleased that the Scottish Open Cast Mining Taskforce has met today to push forward options to try and save as many Scottish Coal jobs as possible.

"Since the dreadful announcement of job losses at Scottish Coal sites, I have been working with all stakeholders including the government and MSPs to help secure a sustainable future for Scotland’s coal industry.

"The Taskforce, which is a cross-party group with representatives from all political parties, has today reached unanimous agreement that the group’s objective should be pursuit of an outcome that protects as many jobs as possible, maintains a sustainable business model for the sectors and restores the sites.

"I will continue to work with all parties to ensure my constituency, which has been hit hard by this situation, receives all the support it requires."

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