Keith Barnham: Labour faces a dilemma in the Copeland byelection, given that the Sellafield reprocessing plant lies within the constituency. This can be resolved by proposing a two-pronged investment programme. Among the wider electorate, public support for nuclear power is consistently below 40%, while two-thirds or more support wind and solar power. Labour should propose to cancel the subsidy for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point and Moorside. Part of the savings could be used to boost renewables; they can generate more electric power and jobs in Cumbria and Somerset, more quickly and cheaply than nuclear. The remainder of the savings could create new jobs at Sellafield to boost its vital work in finding a safe, secure and politically acceptable solution to the nuclear waste problem.
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