A company which advised the UK government over the Hinkley Point nuclear power project has been accused of a potential conflict of interest after it emerged the same company was also working for EDF, The Times has learnt. Leigh Fisher, a management consultancy, worked as an adviser to the Department of Energy and Climate Change on a 2013 deal to pay EDF double the current wholesale price of electricity for the power produced by Hinkley for 35 years. Documents show the group was paid £1.2 million for its advice on the deal despite the UK arm of Jacobs Engineering Group, a US firm which also owns Leigh Fisher, supporting EDF on the Hinkley project. Tender documents obtained by The Times under the Freedom of Information Act show Leigh Fisher disclosed a number of potential conflicts of interest, including that Jacobs was providing engineering services and project and construction management resources for EDF and had seconded staff. Iain Wright, the Labour MP and chairman of the business, energy and industrial strategy committee, said there were questions over whether the advice given by Leigh Fisher was impartial and he would investigate further.
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