The company behind plans to bring nuclear new build to Cumbria has met local officials and councillors to discuss its scheme. NuGen – which wants to develop a plant at Moorside, near Sellafield – met officials from Government departments, Copeland Borough Council, Allerdale Borough Council and Cumbria County Council, as well as elected members of the three authorities. The second stage of the company’s public consultation on plans for the Moorside project ended in July 2016 with more than 3,000 people visiting 34 public exhibition events over an 11-week period, which resulted in more than 1,200 pieces of feedback.
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to say if he supports the creation of a new nuclear power station at Moorside in west Cumbria. As campaigning for the Copeland by-election gathers momentum, he told ITV Border’s Dan Hewitt that he supported nuclear power as part of the future energy mix, but he would not commit to the idea of any new development in the constituency. The nuclear industry is a major employer in West Cumbria. If Nugen’s proposal to build the nuclear power station at Moorside goes ahead, it would create around 21,000 jobs. The exchange was recorded as part of an interview with the Labour leader ahead of the Copeland by-election:
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Jeremy Corbyn refuses five times when asked by ITV to say if he supports the building of a new nuclear power plant at Moorside in Copeland, creating 21,000 jobs.
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THE Green Party has announced its candidate to stand in the upcoming Copeland by-election, opposing nuclear power and cuts to hospital services. Jack Lenox, from Keswick, will contest the parliamentary seat on Thursday February 23. The software engineer says he is opposed to nuclear power and instead wants greater investment in renewable energy.
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Since the Copeland byelection was called, speculation has been rife about the damage Jeremy Corbyn’s nuclear stance could do to Labour’s chances. But while the Tories have been quick to exploit this, they have been much slower to wake up to their own nuclear problem. And it’s one which has the potential to swing the outcome of next month’s vote. The Sellafield nuclear site employs around 10,000 people in the Copeland area, with many more in the supply chain. A union member working at the site says you would need to multiply that number three or four times to get a good idea of the number of local people directly linked to it so it’s little wonder that nuclear is expected to play a major role in the byelection. Unions say that changes to the workers’ final salary pension scheme, which have been proposed by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), could see pensions slashed by thousands of pounds. After a meeting with government ministers yesterday, unions announced that a planned strike ballot would be put on hold while talks continue. But the issue has by no means gone away.
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