Virginia Crosbie: Nuclear power will be absolutely critical to hitting our Net Zero targets. Last December I was honoured to become Ynys Môn’s first Conservative MP for more than 30 years. The last woman to hold the post was the great Megan Lloyd-George, the country’s first-ever female MP. In recent times, key to winning the seat for any prospective candidate is unequivocal, unwavering support for Wylfa Newydd Nuclear Power Plant, and this was a core part of my promise to the electorate. New nuclear projects can help to deliver so many of our current national priorities: a Net Zero electricity supply; deep decarbonisation in other key parts of the energy system; driving economic growth outside of the south east of England; and renewal of our national critical infrastructure. However, in January 2019, Hitachi decided to suspend activities, and since then the project has been hanging in the balance. Wylfa Newydd is to be the catalyst for a massive levelling up of the whole of North Wales, something which the region has not experienced since the first power station was built in the 1960s. Put simply, it would be a monumental blow both locally and nationally if this project does not go ahead.
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