A POLITICAL row has broken out after the leader of the Labour Party refused to give his support for a nuclear development in west Cumbria. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Jeremy Corbyn did not endorse the proposed Moorside Power Station when asked. He said: “I want to see a mix, I want to see a greater emphasis in the long-term on renewables in the way Germany and other countries have done but we do have nuclear power stations, we do have a nuclear base at the moment and that will continue for a long time.”
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CUMBRIAN Conservative MP John Stevenson has hit out at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on plans for a new nuclear power plant in the county. Mr Corbyn failed to back plans for Moorside when pressed by the BBC over the weekend. On today’s Andrew Marr Show Mr Corbyn said there should be a variety of energy options.
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Jeremy Corbyn yesterday dropped his longstanding opposition to Britain’s civil nuclear power industry before a crucial by-election on the doorstep of Sellafield. The Labour leader denied that he would be “toast” if his party failed to hold on to seats in Copeland in Cumbria and Stoke-on-Trent. The latter was triggered by the resignation of Tristram Hunt, the former shadow education secretary, on Friday. Mr Corbyn markedly softened his tone on nuclear power, insisting that Britain’s civil nuclear power stations would remain “for a long time” and could expand. In the past he has called for them to be decommissioned. His comments reflect unease over the party’s prospects in Copeland. The Conservatives are using his past comments on nuclear power to try to win over traditional Labour supporters in a seat where the majority at the general election in 2015 was 2,500. Mr Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that both by-elections presented Labour with an opportunity.
Times 16th Jan 2017 read more »
Backtracking Jeremy Corbyn drops opposition to nuclear power industry in ANOTHER U-TURN.
Express 16th Jan 2017 read more »
Mr Marr quizzed the Labour leader on a sticking point of the party’s campaign to hold onto the Cumbrian seat of Copeland – nuclear power. The constituency is home to the Sellafield nuclear plant and next-door to Barrow-in-Furness, home to the shipyard building the Navy’s new Trident nuclear submarines. Senior Labour figures fear the Conservatives – favourites to win the by-election – will highlight Mr Corbyn’s lifelong opposition to nuclear power and weapons. He said the party would be working hard to protect jobs and pensions in the nuclear industry. He said his aim was to move to a mix of power supply, “but we do have nuclear power and we will for a long time.” Asked if he “still agreed with himself” on the idea of decommissioning nuclear power stations, he said: “We have a system which is a mix at the moment. Nuclear power stations last for a very long time. “Sellafield is going to be there for a long time as a reprocessing plant anyway, whatever happens.”
Mirror 15th Jan 2017 read more »
You may have seen Jeremy Corbyn talking about “Moorfield” on the Andrew Marr show. He doesn’t sound wildly enthusiastic and refuses to endorse the plan but on the other hand doesn’t say it’s a diabolic idea which is what he SHOULD be saying to protect the workforce at Sellafield, the people of Copeland …and further afield. Jeremy Corbyn’s home in North London is after all a mere 245 miles from Moorside as the radioactive cloud flies. We are all under threat from Moorside. … The lack of attention to detail to the name suggests that he hasn’t been paying attention to just how nasty this diabolic plan is!! #StopMoorside. The Evening Mail has an online poll which unlike the actual government and industry consultations allows for a NO.
Radiation Free Lakeland 15th Jan 2017 read more »
THE Green Party has announced it will contest the upcoming Copeland by-election on an anti-nuclear and anti-poverty campaign. Members of Allerdale and Copeland Green Party decided to stand in the Copeland vote which was brought about by the resignation of the constituency’s current Labour MP Jamie Reed. A candidate will be selected on January 24. Clare Brown, chairman of the Allerdale and Copeland Green Party, said: “We feel it’s vitally important to offer a vote to those people who want to see a fair and sustainable future for the area. “There are clear differences between us and the other parties and we welcome this opportunity to campaign on our priorities, which include sustainable energy and standing against nuclear power, as well as anti-poverty measures and exposing the lie of austerity.”
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