The man bidding to lead the UK’s largest trade union has said the UK should get “more, not less” of its energy from nuclear power. Gerard Coyne, who is challenging Len McCluskey in a bid to become the general secretary of Unite, described himself as “unashamedly pro-nuclear”, adding that if he wins the leadership contest the union will be “fully committed” to the industry. He challenged Labour over the party’s “abject failure” to support the UK’s nuclear industry, accusing leader Jeremy Corbyn of putting “outdated ideology” ahead of the interests of the nation. Mr Corbyn’s anti-nuclear stance contributed to the party being “humiliated” in the recent Copeland by-election in Cumbria, Mr Coyne said, where the Tories seized the seat in a dramatic win from Labour. He was speaking during a campaign trip to Scotland where he visited the Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station on the Firth of Clyde in North Ayrshire.
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Increasingly, renewables look a safer bet than nuclear, which is struggling with construction delays and rising costs, writes Paul Dorfman.
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