Labour MP Jamie Reed is quitting Parliament to take a job in the nuclear industry. The ex-shadow health minister said it was an “honour” to represent Copeland since 2005, adding: “Leaving Parliament is the hardest decision of my life.” He will stand down at the end of January, triggering a by-election in a seat Labour retained in 2015 with a 2,564 majority. Mr Reed has been a persistent critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. He resigned from Labour’s front bench as soon as Mr Corbyn won the 2015 leadership contest. Jamie Reed didn’t hide his scepticism towards the current leadership of his party. He resigned from the front bench within a minute of Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in September 2015, denouncing the new leader’s opposition to nuclear energy as “fundamentally wrong”. But he felt it was better to stay and fight his party’s shift to the left rather than leave – and was congratulated by none other than the former SDP leader Lord Owen for that stance. He insists now that his resignation as an MP isn’t a protest against Jeremy Corbyn – instead, he says, he can help his community in other ways. He will be rejoining the nuclear industry where he worked before being elected to parliament in 2005. The question is whether his actions will lead to a meltdown in the Labour vote.
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One of Jeremy Corbyn’s most persistent critics quit as a Labour MP to take a job in the nuclear industry, triggering a three-way fight for his marginal northern seat with the Conservatives and Ukip.
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Steve Bell on Jamie Reed quitting as an MP.
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Mr Corbyn’s opposition to nuclear power and nuclear weapons will be sure to come under the spotlight during the by-election campaign in a constituency dominated by the Sellafield plant. Neighbouring Barrow is the location for construction work on the submarines that will replace Trident. Mr Reed has described Mr Corbyn’s position on nuclear weapons as juvenile and narcissistic. He quit Labour’s front bench the day Mr Corbyn was elected in protest at his track record on civil nuclear power, calling it “poorly informed and fundamentally wrong”.
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Labour sources told the Telegraph that more than 12 Labour MPs are now seriously considering quitting the party before the 2020 general election.
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Could Labour lose a seat to a Tory government for the first time since 1982?
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Head-hunted by Sellafield in 2000 to mastermind the Union’s ‘Save Our Sellafield’ campaign following the damaging MOX falsification scandal in 1999, Jamie Reid was elected in 2005 as the Member of Parliament for the Copeland constituency in West Cumbria in which the Sellafield plant is situated . During his time at Westminster he served variously as Labour’s Shadow Environment Minister and as Shadow Health Minister. Not the greatest of fans of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Jamie Reid resigned as his Shadow Health Minister in 2015 citing his leader’s opposition to nuclear power. He later called for Corbyn’s resignation following the Brexit vote in which Copeland’s voters overwhelmingly supported leaving the EU despite their MP’s plea to remain. Due to take up his new position as Sellafield’s Head of Development and Community Relations on 1st February 2017, he has told the media that by working at Sellafield he could achieve more for the local community than he would at Westminster, and claimed that he would not be a ‘propagandist’ for the nuclear industry. Many observers will take the claim with a pinch of salt given that, as Copeland’s MP he has been a resolute propagandist for Sellafield and the driving force behinds the plans by NuGeneration (NuGen) to develop a new nuclear power station on its Moorside site directly adjacent to Sellafield. Returning to his old Sellafield stomping ground in the New Year – apparently at a greater salary than that he enjoyed at Westminster – his new paymasters will doubtless expect him to toe the company line even more resolutely than before.
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In the light of the news that Jamie Reed is to take a job with Sellafield – we ask: did he ever leave? The following is from our blog posted back in February 2013 ……..the revolving doors are corrupting any illusion of democracy in this Nuclear Dystopia.
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The Queen has been pleased to approve the following ministerial appointments: Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG as Commercial Secretary (Minister of State) at Her Majesty’s Treasury (having previously been a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy); Lord Prior of Brampton as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (having previously been a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health)
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Lord Prior of Brampton has been appointed parliamentary under-secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), as part of a surprise government reshuffle that has seen Energy Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe moved to the Treasury. Although Prior’s precise brief at BEIS has yet to be confirmed, he is likely to pick up many of Neville-Rolfe’s duties following confirmation she is to leave the department to become Commercial Secretary at the Treasury. Neville-Rolfe, who was only appointed minister of state at BEIS in Theresa May’s government back in July, had been praised by green business and clean energy groups, who welcomed her commitment to the UK’s decarbonisation efforts and support for clean technologies. However, critics noted that the reshuffle suggests responsibility for energy in the new departments could be downgraded. Labour’s Barry Gardiner highlighted on Twitter how Lord Prior’s new role as under-secretary at BEIS, differed from Neville-Rolfe’s position as minster of state. He joins a department facing a daunting in-tray for 2017, as Business Secretary Greg Clark prepares to deliver the government’s promised industrial strategy, unveil its long-awaited emissions reduction plan, and mobilise increased investment in clean energy infrastructure, while also playing a key role in supporting the UK’s Brexit negotiations.
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