Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Stephen Metcalfe secures debate about the future of Coryton Refinery

Following a disappointing stakeholders meeting at the Department of Energy and Climate Change last week, Stephen Metcalfe MP has secured a debate in the House of Commons to make the case for Coryton Refinery once more.  

The Adjournment Debate, scheduled to take place this evening will be an opportunity to again explain the importance of the refinery and underline the severe consequences of its closure.

Stephen said: “Yesterday’s announcement that the Coryton Oil Refinery in my constituency of South Basildon and East Thurrock will close was a gravely concerning one. It is a sad day for the UK refining industry and above all a sad day for the many dedicated staff who have fought so hard to keep the refinery alive.”

“I will use this debate to re-state the importance of the refinery historically, socially and economically and will call on the Government to ensure that they have explored every avenue possible to avoid the catastrophic consequences of the closure of Coryton.”