The Labour and Tory by-election candidates for Copeland locked horns over whether the Government should underwrite investment into the planned Moorside nuclear power station. Prime Minister Theresa May had earlier been accused by the GMB union, which represents nuclear workers, of “ducking” concerns about the future of the development after huge losses reported by Toshiba, one of its backers while on a visit to Copeland.
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The company behind plans for nuclear new build in Cumbria has welcomed comments by Prime Minister Theresa May on the project. NuGen made the statement after Mrs May spoke about the proposals for a new power plant at Moorside, near Sellafield, during a visit to Copeland yesterday. She was asked about the project after one of its key backers – Toshiba, which has a 60 per cent stake in NuGen – revealed it was on track for losses of 390 billion yen (£2.7 billion) for the year to March. The Japanese giant has said it remains committed to Moorside. The extent of this commitment remains in doubt though as Toshiba has said it will eventually seek to sell its shares in the project and it would seek not to “take on any risk” from the proposed plant’s construction. Mrs May said: “The consortium involved in Moorside has been absolutely clear. They have reconfirmed their commitment to Moorside.”
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The following letter was published in the Whitehaven News today. It is a question we have asked repeatedly…An Open Letter to All the Candidates in the Copeland By Election. Radiation Free Lakeland are a campaign group for nuclear safety with many supporters in West Cumbria. Last September the science correspondents of all the national newspapers reported on the release of a new report which should concern all the Copeland candidates. Since the 1980s there have been concerns that nuclear plants were causing leukaeimia in children after disease rates were found to be up to 20 times greater than the national average in communities like Seascale and Maryport. On 30th September 2016 the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment said there was no evidence that it was nuclear power plants themselves which were behind the increase, as, they said, the radioactive emissions “are too low.” Instead, they said it was more likely that the large influx of people who moved to rural areas to staff the plants had brought in a mystery virus, which had triggered cancer in the children of local populations. They call this “population mixing.” Historically this was rather less of an increase than that which is being proposed now for Moorside which makes John Woodcock’s carrot of over “20,000 jobs” (Cumbria has 4000 receiving JSA or Universal Credit ) more of a threat than a promise.
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The Prime Minister has been accused of “ducking” concerns about the future of a planned multibillion-pound nuclear power station following huge losses reported by one of its backers. Justin Bowden, national officer of the GMB union, which represents nuclear workers, said: “Theresa May has ducked the central question, just when strong leadership was required. “It is crucial for the future of Moorside, for the economy and jobs in Copeland and for the future security of Britain’s electricity supply that there is a Government-backed Plan B. “The Government just crossing its fingers and toes will not guarantee the lights stay on if there is a further wobble with Toshiba.” A hustings is being held in the constituency later which is expected to feature questions from nuclear workers and their families about the future of Moorside.
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