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Decision not to give Hinkley go-ahead would be a 'shock'

A decision not to give the planned Hinkley Point nuclear power station the go-ahead would be a "shock" given the "prestige" of the project, ITV News' Business Editor Joel Hills said.

"The British government says it's in our national interest," he said. "As it stands one fifth of the electricity we use is generated by nuclear power stations like Hinkley B which is hooked up to the national grid.

"But the fleet is ageing. Hinkley C will be the first nuclear power station to be built since 1995 and will generate around seven per cent of the electricity we need.

"When it's hooked up to the grid, expect energy bills, the government says, to rise by around £10 a year.

"There are undoubtedly some benefits though. Twenty five thousand jobs will be created, 900 of those permanent.

"But the real issue here is keeping the lights on. This is about cleaner, greener, secure energy in the future at an acceptable cost. This project does look mightily expensive, but it's when it starts generating that we should really judge it."

EDF board member resigns ahead of Hinkley Point vote

Protests have been taking place against the new plant. Credit: PA

An EDF board member has resigned ahead of a vote in which the Hinkley Point nuclear plant is expected to be approved.

Gerard Magnin, one of 18 board members, said the project is financially "risky" and will steer France further away from renewable energy sources.

In a resignation letter to chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy, seen by Reuters, Magnin said he was disappointed EDF's strategy was moving more and more towards nuclear power.

"I no longer want to support a strategy that I do not agree with," Magnin wrote.

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Stepping Hill Nurse loses attempt to appeal conviction

Nurse Victorino Chua convicted of murder Credit: ITV Granada

Stepping Hill nurse Victorino Chua, who murdered two patients and poisoned others, has lost challenges at the Court of Appeal in London against his conviction and sentence.

Victorino Chua was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years in May last year after being convicted by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

His applications for permission to appeal against both conviction and sentence were rejected on Thursday by judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

The father of two, now 50, who was described by police as a narcissistic psychopath, injected insulin into saline bags and ampoules while working on two acute wards at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, in June and July 2011.

These were unwittingly used by other nurses, causing a series of insulin overdoses to mainly elderly victims.

When the self-styled "angel turned evil" was sentenced, the trial judge Mr Justice Openshaw described his actions as "indescribably wicked".

He said it was a "strikingly sinister and truly wicked feature of the case" that Chua did not know who would fall victim to his actions.

Lord Justice Treacy, sitting with two other judges, announced that the one proposed ground of appeal against conviction was not "arguable", and rejected argument that the minimum term of 35 years was "manifestly excessive".

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