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Welsh Labour leadership candidate Mark Drakeford has compared the economic benefits of nuclear power to the disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima. He said people living there would not want to be told “this was the way your environment was being safeguarded”. The comments, made to party members at a hustings, have come to light after they were leaked to BBC Wales. Mr Drakeford has faced criticism from rivals over his “sceptical” stance on nuclear power. “I said to Eluned in an earlier debate that her belief that nuclear power is somehow an advantage to the economy… tell that to the people in Chernobyl, tell that to people in Fukushima,” Mr Drakeford said at the hustings, in Newport on Thursday. Amid groans of disapproval from the audience, he said: “You may not like it, but you wouldn’t like it if you were living there either and [to be] told this was the way that your environment will be safeguarded for the future.”

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Published: 10 November 2018