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Anti-nuclear campaigners write to PM over China

An artist's impression of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point Credit: EDF Energy

Campaigners trying to stop a nuclear generator being built in Hinkley in Somerset have written to David Cameron.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has urged the Prime Minister to end co-operation with China, claiming recent explosions in the country have highlighted its poor health and safety record.

First new British nuclear power plant for a generation moves a step closer

An artist's impression of the how the new Hinkley Point C station will look Credit: PA

The construction of the first new nuclear power plant in the UK for a generation moved a step closer today as George Osborne announced fresh investment in the £24.5 billion project.

The Chancellor made the announcement while on a five-day tour of China, where he is hoping to secure further funding for Britain's nuclear industry.

Mr Osborne announced a new government guarantee worth £2 billion to underwrite the proposed nuclear electricity generation plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset, which is due to be built partly with Chinese money.

The power plant is expected to supply 7% of the UK's electricity needs, powering around six million homes, and create thousands of jobs.

The Treasury said the new plant would boost Britain's energy security and open the door to unprecedented collaboration in the UK and China on the construction of new nuclear power stations.


Anti-nuclear protestors due in court after Hinkley blockade

Protestors blockading the road near Hinkley B in April. Credit: No New Nuclear

Three anti-nuclear protesters are due in court in Somerset later after blockading the road leading to the nuclear power station at Hinkley.

The three women, all from Bristol, have been charged with 'willful obstruction of the highway'. It follows a demonstration outside the power station in April.


Hinkley Point protestors removed by police

All clear at the entrance to Hinkley Point Credit: ITV News West Country

Police say protestors blocking the entrance to Hinkley Point were removed at 9.15am. Ten anti nuclear campaigners from several organisations including South West Against Nuclear and CND arrived at 6.30am to block the road. Three linked themselves together with their arms inside metal tubes. They were removed after specialist cutting gear was brought in.

Anti-nuclear protest at Hinkley Point

Protestors block the road near Hinkley B Credit: No New Nuclear

Anti-nuclear protestors have been staging a sit-down protest near Hinkley Point in Somerset. Campaigners from South-west Against Nuclear, Nuclear Free Bristol & Bristol CND say they're carrying out the action against plans to extend the operation of the ageing 'B' reactor.

Police at the scene as traffic builds up Credit: No New Nuclear

Government will retaliate if Austrian's continue anti-nuclear legal bid

Hinkley C artist's impression Credit: EDF/ITV News

The government has threatened to retaliate if Austria goes ahead with a legal challenge to the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point.

The anti-nuclear country claim funding arrangements for Hinkley C breach EU rules on subsidies.

An Austrian MEP said the British Foreign Office was threatening a number of legal moves if they pursue the court action.

The £16 billion project to create a 3,200 MW two reactor nuclear power station was agreed in 2013 by EDF and two Chinese companies.

I don't think that threats by a friendly Government in the European community is something that we would allow to even happen. This is something that is completely out of line.

– Eugen Freund, Austrian MEP

Fears that Hinkley nuclear plant is being delayed

The site for the proposed nuclear power station at Hinkley in the shadow of the existing reactors Credit: ITV News

There are growing fears that the European Commission is delaying the building of a new power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. It's still to sign off all the building regulations surrounding the project.

Today Labour south west MEP Claire Moody will meet the Commission to try to speed up the process.

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