We have written, on behalf of Spinwatch to Liberal Democrat MPs and branches because the Annual Party Conference in Glasgow on 15th September 2013 will be considering whether or not to end the Party’s long-standing opposition to nuclear power as part of a policy motion setting out plans to shift the economy towards a “zero carbon Britain”.
You can see a copy of the letter here: Liberal Democrat Party Conference.
The motion under consideration if voted through would accept that nuclear power stations could play a limited role in electricity supply, provided concerns about safety, disposal of radioactive waste and cost (including decommissioning) are adequately addressed and without allowing any public subsidy for new build.
Of course, in theory, even accepting this motion should not see any new reactors built because concerns about safety, waste and cost have not been adequately addressed and the Government is planning large subsidies. But Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey, argues that he is confident a site for the waste can be located democratically, and that plans for Electricity Market Reform are not a subsidy.
Also worth reading is Friends of the Earth Director Andy Atkins artcle for Liberal Democrat Voice.