Sue Hayman, Labour Member of Parliament for Workington and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Nuclear Energy, commenting on the news that Toshiba is to wind down NuGen, said:
“This is truly terrible news, not just for Cumbria, but for the UK as a whole. For months now, I have been calling on the Government to back Moorside in the way that they’ve given their backing to other new nuclear projects across the country. But today’s announcement makes it clear that the Government just does not care about the future of West Cumbria.
“The Government’s failure to offer support for the project has meant the loss of thousands of future jobs in West Cumbria, and that is utterly unacceptable. Quite simply, the people of West Cumbria have been betrayed by this Conservative government. They lied to us when they told us that they backed Moorside just to win the Copeland by-election. Unlike Labour, they failed to even mention nuclear in their 2017 election manifesto. They have ignored all of my calls to intervene to safeguard the future of the Moorside project. And now they have shamefully betrayed the people of West Cumbria.
“This week, in my role as co-chair of the all party group for nuclear energy, I’m in China meeting with senior representatives of China General Nuclear Power Group. I will be exploring whether they may be interested in taking an interest in the development of new nuclear power in West Cumbria in some shape or form. I will continue to fight for vital jobs and investment in West Cumbria, even if the Government has no interest in our community.
“NuGen’s chief executive Tom Samson has worked tirelessly to try to save Moorside, but at the end of the day the Government simply refused to help.”