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Huhne: 'no subsidies for nuclear industry'

Former energy minister Chris Huhne has called on the government not to allow subsidies for the nuclear industry.

Since leaving Parliament, Huhne has forged a career as an energy expert.

He was commenting on the termination of a multi-billion-pound nuclear contract, due to a botched tendering process.

No subsidies for nuclear. That was the coalition government policy. It should be the policy again but the government seems to be relenting and saying 'no, maybe we should give a few subsidies', and it's opening the door to exactly a repetition of the sort of disaster that we see today.

It is genuinely the case that for example in Sellafield where there are a lot of research facilities, and which accounts for about 70% of the cost of total decommissioning, a lot of things were thrown away in the 1950s in the urgency to generate plutonium for the atom bomb programme, as well as generating electricity.

Those things weren't properly logged. We don't know what's in the silos, and therefore you need to have a really extensive investigative programme to find out what the problems are before you can clear them up.

And if you find out they are worse than you could conceivably have expected, that's going to cost more money, so that's basically what's been happening, and we've got this enormous increase in the cost of clear up.

– Chris Huhne, former Secretary of State for energy and climate change

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Nuclear industry unions hold Copeland by-election hustings

The Sellafield nuclear site Credit: Press Association

The candidates from the main parties contesting the Copeland by-election will take part in a hustings tonight.

The event is organised by the unions of the nuclear industry. They say it's an opportunity for nuclear workers and their families to listen to the candidates and to put questions to them on the future of the nuclear industry in west Cumbria.

Toshiba to publish business results

Proposed new development at Moorside Credit: NuGen

Toshiba's involvement in the Moorside nuclear project near Sellafield could be clearer today as the Japanese firm publishes its third quarter results.

The technology manufacturer said it was reviewing all nuclear business outside of Japan, raising questions over their future input.

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Prime Minister 'committed' to Moorside nuclear deal

Prime Minister Theresa May responding in the House of Commons. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister has said the government is "committed" to ensuring the potential Moorside nuclear development in Cumbria goes ahead.

Theresa May was responding to an urgent question asked in Parliament by Cumbrian MP John Woodcock.

He asked her what she was doing to safeguard the deal, which has been thrown into question after the company behind the plans - Toshiba - announced it was reviewing its nuclear operations.

It is hoped the £10 billion development will bring 21,000 jobs to Cumbria.

I and the Business Secretary are involved and are keen to see these nuclear deals stay on track.

I can assure you the Government's commitment is there.

– Theresa May, Prime Minister

Toshiba's nuclear review 'huge development'

Paul Dorfman. Credit: Paul Dorfman Twitter

Toshiba's review of its nuclear projects, including the proposed Moorside power plant in Cumbria, is a "huge development" according to a nuclear expert.

Paul Dorfman, Founder of the Nuclear Consulting Group, told ITV Border he thinks the company will definitely pull out of the £10 billion project, which it's hoped will bring 21,000 jobs to Cumbria.

This is a huge development. NuGen is what Moorside is all about. There is no question that they are pulling out of Moorside. It all comes down to the realities of nuclear economics. ENGIE are also worried about the cost of Moorside. The government is in talks with a South Korean company KEPCO but there is also doubt as to how interested they are in investing in Moorside.

– Paul Dorfman Founder of the Nuclear Consulting Group, Honorary Senior Research Fellow UCL Energy Institute
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