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Nuclear lobby’s government ties

Issue No. 2121

There has been a steady stream of warnings that Britain faces an energy crisis and blackouts this winter. This has boosted the idea that we need to build more nuclear power stations.

It is outrageous that a Labour government has wholeheartedly accepted the case for nuclear power.

The nuclear industry has become embedded in the government.

For example, Ian McCartney, Labour MP for Makerfield, is paid up to £115,000 by Fluor – a company that provides fossil fuel power generation and nuclear energy facilities.

Sheffield Labour MP Richard Caborn is paid up to £75,000 by AMEC—a company that provides engineering services for nuclear plants in Britain.

Brian Wilson, a director of AMEC, is a former energy minister. While he was energy minister AMEC won several projects around the world.

Protecting the interests of the rich is more important to New Labour than the future of the planet.

We must build a movement on the ground to stop climate change and hold the system to account.


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Tue 30 Sep 2008, 17:58 BST
Issue No. 2121
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