Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“The Prime Minister has shown his true colours yet again.
“For Boris Johnson to laugh when talking about the closure of the coal mines is a slap in the face for communities still suffering from the devastating effects of Margaret Thatcher’s callous actions.
“I’m proud to have always stood with our coalfield communities. I represented the miners in court as the Tories tried to close the pits. These communities contributed so much to the success of our country, and then were abandoned.
“The Tories didn’t care then, and they don’t care now.
“For Boris Johnson to treat the pain and suffering caused to our coalfield communities as a punchline shows just how out of touch with working people he is.
“The Prime Minister must apologise immediately.”