Dearne MP John Healey ignored the recall of Parliament yesterday to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who died on Monday aged 87.
Mr Healey was among more than 100 Labour MPs who decided to remain in their constituencies.
Explaining the decision, he said: “I have a large framed poster on the wall of my constituency office in Wath-upon-Dearne.
“It displays the names and badges of each British coalmine closed by the Tories after the miners’ strike up until 1994 when the last pit in our constituency closed at Silverwood. A total of 203; 64 in Yorkshire alone.
“Individual, family and community lives have been broken then blighted for years by Margaret Thatcher’s determination to destroy a proud British industry and its trade union.
“In areas like South Yorkshire, we can’t forget. Or forgive. So many abhorred her government’s actions, and detest her memory.”