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Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) urges UK Labor leader to oppose nuclear power station planned for Moorside

Jeremy Corbyn urged to oppose nuclear power station planned for Moorside A campaign group is calling on moorside-nugen-cumbria-planLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn to publicly oppose nuclear new-build plans in west Cumbria. News and Star, 24 Jan  17 

Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) has written to Mr Corbyn to urge him to lodge his “firm and outspoken” opposition to plans for a three-reactor station at Moorside, on land next to Sellafield.

By doing so, adds RFL, Mr Corbyn would “galvanise and inspire nuclear opponents, and give them a compelling reason to vote Labour”.

RFL’s letter comes in the week that Mr Corbyn – who has been described as “anti-nuclear” by opponents – has twice visited Copeland ahead of a hotly-anticipated Parliamentary by-election to replace Jamie Reed.  In her letter to Mr brkby-marianneCorbyn, RFL’s Marianne Birkby points to safety concerns about the design of the AP1000 reactors proposed for Moorside, and the “intolerable nuclear burden” already faced locally…..

She also draws his attention to a petition – Stop Moorside: the biggest nuclear development in Europe – that has attracted over 11,000 signatures.

She said: “We oppose Moorside and feel that you may be underestimating the strength of feeling against the plans. “When you appeared on The Andrew Marr Show last weekend, you missed the chance to condemn the project.

“Please set aside the siren voices that are working hard to convince you that outright opposition to Moorside would be a vote-loser.

“Instead, listen to the voices of resistance, which include many Labour voters previously encouraged by your rational, well-informed spepticism of the nuclear industry and its taxpayer-funded spin doctors.”

NuGen, the firm behind plans for Moorside, is currently analysing feedback from last summer’s public consultation into the plant.

The firm hopes to get the final go ahead in 2018.

January 25, 2017 - Posted by | politics, UK

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