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Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, has demanded that the Secretary of State for Transport clear up the uncertainty facing UK coastguard stations.


The Tory-led Government’s plans to close more than half of the UK’s coastguard stations would leave only three operating around the clock for the whole country. Maria Eagle wrote to Philip Hammond on 13th May calling on him to abandon his plans (text of letter below).

Maria Eagle said:

“Britain’s coastguards deserve better than this further uncertainty. Instead of putting on hold their reckless plans to axe local coastguard stations, the Tory-led Government should abandon their plans. To close more than half of the UK’s coastguard stations in one go, leaving just three offering 24-hour cover, will leave our coastline a more dangerous place.”

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