The West Cumbria Mining application was approved again this afternoon by 12 votes to 3 with a couple of abstentions and one councillor not voting because his connection had not been working properly for some of the discussion.
It was a cross party vote with members of all three parties on both sides.
The twelve votes for the application were six Conservatives, three Labour, two Lib/Dems and the Independent. The three votes against were one councillor each from the Lib/Dem, Labour. and Conservative groups, none of them representing anywhere near the mine.
The members of the committee representing electoral divisions in or anywhere near Copeland all supported the mine.