The on-going campaign to secure a clear commitment to nuclear power in the Government’s forthcoming Energy White Paper visited the corridors of power. Representatives from the North West Nuclear Arc collaboration held a breakfast briefing with MPs in Whitehall to press home the importance of a sector of critical importance to the county’s economy. The North West Nuclear Arc brings together businesses and public sector organisations to promote the nuclear skills and capabilities located in a vast area encompassing Cumbria, Lancashire, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, along with Wylfa and Trawsfyndd in Wales. It has been lobbying the Government for several months to ensure the importance of nuclear is acknowledged as a major contributor to meeting the UK’s energy needs and in meeting the net zero target of 2050. It has also stressed the economic impact of the sector in terms of creating long-term and well-paid jobs. Britain’s Energy Coast executive director John Grainger and the National Nuclear Laboratory’s vice president for Government and International relations, Ivan Baldwin, were among the attendees, which also included Sellafield Limited’s recently appointed chief executive Martin Chown, Copeland MP Trudy Harrison and her Workington counterpart Mark Jenkinson MP.
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