West Cumbrian MP: New Nuclear Crucial for Britain and West Cumbria

cropped-cropped-dalton-institute-431.jpgCopeland MP, Jamie Reed has today welcomed the strong support for building new nuclear power stations in Britain from Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Lisa Nandy.

As part of her address to the ‘Women in Nuclear’ conference, Lisa Nandy said:

“The scientist often described as the world’s foremost authority on climate change, the former director of NASA, Professor James Hansen, has said: “Nuclear will make the difference between the world missing crucial climate targets or achieving them.” So I believe it would be wrong to take nuclear – such a major carbon-free energy solution – off the table.”

Lisa Nandy went on to say:

“.. I want Britain to be a country that doesn’t just have nuclear, but that does nuclear too.”

In her speech, she cited Britain’s position as world leaders in nuclear research, engineering and skills.  West Cumbrian MP, Jamie Reed has said that the skills and expertise in West Cumbria means the region can be the ‘foundation on which nuclear in Britain can be built, grow and succeed.’

Speaking from Flamanville nuclear site in Normandy where he is leading a delegation from the All-Party-Parliamentary-Group for Nuclear, Copeland MP, Jamie Reed said:

“New nuclear power stations in Britain is crucial to the future of our country.  They will help us to achieve our climate change targets, objectives and responsibilities whilst securing our energy supplies, create jobs and maintain our world class skills base.

“West Cumbria’s best days are ahead of us.  We are on the verge of a truly transformative era.  In the coming years, we will see the biggest ever single private investment in our community in the shape of new nuclear reactors at Moorside and it’s taken ten years of hard work to reach this point.

“We now need to take advantage of the opportunity coming our way.  By investing in skills, by investing in key infrastructure and by lifting our aspirations, West Cumbria can be the foundation on which nuclear in Britain can be built, grow and succeed.  We have the skills, knowledge and workforce to cement our place as world leaders.  It is time to prepare to succeed.”