Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons to mark the centenary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster.
The EDM has been signed by current Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd. Aberavon MP and son of the former Welsh miners’ leader Dai Francis, Hywel Francis, OgmoreMP, Huw Irranca Davies and former miner and Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner have also added their names.
The EDM says “That this House notes that 14 October 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster, the worst mining disaster in British history; pays tribute to the 439 men and boys who lost their lives in the explosion at the mine and the rescue worker who was subsequently killed; further notes that the 1913 disaster could have been avoided if the legislation passed following an explosion at the Senghenydd Colliery in 1901 had been implemented properly by the owners of the mine; and commends the work of the Aber Valley Heritage Group in organising a national memorial to those who died at Senghenydd and in other mining disasters in Britain”.
Wayne David said, “The centenary of the Senghenydd explosion is on Monday. The local community has raised over £350,000 and Carwyn Jones, Welsh First Minister, and myself will lay wreaths at the new memorial at Senghenydd on Monday morning. I am sure that very many MPs will add their names to this EDM.
“It is important to remember what happened in Senghenydd and it is also important to remember those miners throughout the country who, over the years, have lost their lives in the coal industry.
Please click here to view the full list of Members of Parliament who have signed the Early Day Motion.