David Cameron on Nuclear Power
I recently raised the issue of nuclear power with in a conversation with Conservative party leader David Cameron.
Nuclear power is important both to the country as our largest source of low-carbon electricity and to West Cumbria where about 17,000 jobs depend directly or indirectly on the civil nuclear industry. David Cameron confirmed that the Conservative Party supports a balanced energy policy in which our aim is to create a level playing field, but crucially one that gives green energy a chance. He dismissed suggestions that the Conservatives are anti-nuclear, saying that nuclear power would have to bear its own costs but under a Conservative Government would compete on a level playing field with other established low-carbon energy technology. He added that, for all Tony Blair's rhetoric, his policies contain nothing that will make nuclear happen.
I welcomed David Cameron's positive and constructive comments about the future of the nuclear industry.