Ian Taylor MP supports nuclear power
I am grateful to Conservative Home for the news that Ian Taylor MP, chairman of the Conservative Party's Science and Technology taskforce, has issued a statement today urging Britain to embrace nuclear power. He has also criticised the opposition to nuclear power from some environmental groups such as Greenpeace.
He commented that "Unless the Government moves quickly to boost the nuclear power station rebuilding programme, there is no hope in meeting the non-fossil fuel targets. Wind and wave power alone will not suffice. Greenpeace shows sheer hypocrisy in pressing its objections. Members should resign in protest if they are seriously 'green'."
Mr Taylor's comments can be seen in a video on Conservative Home.
The Conservative Front Bench has stopped using the words "last resort" to describe their position on new nuclear build.
It is now Conservative policy that, as long as there is a fair and equitable financial regime, nuclear power should be an important part of Britain's future energy mix.
Of the three major UK parties, only the Liberal Democrats remain firmly opposed to any more nuclear power plants.
A survey of Conservative party members found that only 12% agreed with the LibDems' opposition to nuclear power, and 85% disagreed with it.