Rotherham MP Sarah Champion today met with the Government Minister responsible for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to express her anger at the lack of action from those involved in the recovery of the three men trapped at Didcot power station, two of whom are from Rotherham. Champion met with Justin Tomlinson, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions for Disabled People and demanded that the Government do more to resolve the standstill in recovery.

After the collapse of the boiler house at Didcot power station, emergency services have so far been unable to locate any of the missing three men. HSE is still awaiting a recovery plan from site owners Npower (RWE) before any further recovery can take place. This has yet to be received, meaning three weeks on, none of the rubble has been moved.

Champion has now secured a commitment from the Minister that the recovery plan will be delivered by Npower tomorrow, or the Minister will personally intervene.

Sarah Champion MP said:

It's shameful that three weeks have passed without the recovery process getting underway. I completely understand that we don't want to put any more lives at risk, but I refuse to believe a solution couldn't have been found sooner.

Government must intervene and take action to make sure all of the organisations involved stop passing the buck and work together to bring these men home to their families.

It is heart-breaking to see these families go through such pain. My heart goes out to all of them and I have given them a commitment that I will do all I can to get their loved ones back.


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