The election of a Labour government in Scotland could see a new generation of nuclear power stations constructed north of the border, the party’s energy spokesman announced yesterday. Tom Greatrex, Labour’s shadow energy minister, said he believed nuclear power must remain part of the UK’s energy mix and that Scotland would have to either accept new stations or import nuclear-generated electricity from England. Scotland’s two nuclear plants, Torness and Hunterston, are scheduled to close in the next ten years. The SNP Scottish government is opposed to any new nuclear stations in Scotland and has made it clear it would use planning laws to block any proposals. Undaunted, Mr Greatrex told BBC Scotland’s Sunday Politics programme: “I think new nuclear is going to be part of the UK mix. We are either going to have to import it to Scotland through the interconnection from England or we are going to have to build some more in Scotland. I suspect it will end up being the former.” But he added: “I wouldn’t be against new nuclear being part of the mix in Scotland and it needs to be part of the mix across the UK.” Mr Greatrex, the MP for Rutherglen & Hamilton West pointed out that Scotland was approaching the point at which it will no longer be able to produce enough energy to meet its needs. He said this already happened on occasions and this showed the benefits of being part of the UK.