Live updates

Green Party MP to protest at Hinkley Point

Caroline Lucas MP will join protesters campaigning against the new nuclear power plant Credit: PA

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas will be taking part in a demonstration at Hinkley Point in Somerset today. She and other activists are campaigning against plans for a new nuclear power station at the site because of a range of safety concerns.

She is also angry that the Government has agreed to pay twice the current market price for the electricity the plant will generate.

Hinkley Point consultation started

Hinkley Point consultation started Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A month long consultation into Hinkley Point in Somerset has begun this morning by the European Commission. The EU is looking at whether the fixed price the government intends to pay the operator is allowed under European law.


Hinkley C plans investigated by EU

The financial deal for a new nuclear power station in Somerset is to be investigated by the European Commission, in a move that could delay.

Under the deal, announced by the Prime Minister last month, Hinkley C will be built by a French company which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level. The commission will investigate whether this complies with European rules on state aid.


David Cameron: 'really important day for our country'

The Government has given the go ahead to build Britain's first new nuclear power station in a decade at Hinkley Point near Bridgwater.

Speaking today David Cameron said: "I think this is a really important day for our country, the day when we have agreed to build a new nuclear power station, I hope the first of many nuclear power stations here at Hinkley Point, Hinkley Point C."

  1. West Country (W)

Reaction to Hinkley C power plant announcement

The Prime Minister has given the go-ahead for Britain's first new nuclear reactor for a generation.

Hinkley C will become the single largest construction project in the UK, it will take ten years to deliver, and will cost billions.

Laura Makin-Isherwood has been speaking to people in the community about how they have responded to the news.

Group calls for more 'robust scrutiny' on energy deals

Richard Lloyd from the consumer association Which? said millions of consumers will be wondering what today's announcement on the Hinkley power station will mean for them.

He said: "There has been no transparent independent scrutiny of the price that the Government has signed up to on our behalf to pay, there needs to be a claw back if they've over paid and there needs to be a much more independent robust scrutiny of these deals."

Load more updates