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EDF says it's still backing Hinkley C

Hinkley C will be built in the shadow of Hinkley B - if it gets the financial go-ahead Credit: PA

French energy company EDF has repeated its support for the new nuclear power station at Hinkley, even though a final investment decision for the £18 billion plant is still to be made.

French unions had expressed their concerns over the impact of the project.

EDF relies on sensitivity studies already communicated to staff representatives and considers this vote does not change the fundamentals of the project, nor the desire of players to engage in it.

– EDF statement

The director of Greenpeace comments that, in the wake of Brexit, it would be foolish to pursue the deal. He says the Government should be thinking in terms of renewable energy as a Plan B.

In the UK, Brexit is throwing up endless questions that no one knows the answers to over the future of the European energy market. It would be idiocy of the highest magnitude for the UK government in its current incarnation to sign this disastrous deal.

– John Sauven, director of Greenpeace

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They said yes!

Rolls-Royce confirms its commitment to the UK

Rolls-Royce has confirmed it will stay in the UK in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the EU.

But, the South Gloucestershire employer, warned any longer term assurances depended on a post-Brexit deal.

The jet and engine maker said the result was not the outcome the company would have chosen", but added it "remains committed" to Britain, where it employs 23,000 people.

The UK's decision will have no immediate impact on our day-to-day business.

The medium and long-term effect will depend upon the relationships that are established between the UK, the EU and the rest of the world over the coming years.

– Rolls-Royce

Former NHS chief denies £20k fraud

Paula Vasco-Knight has denied three counts of fraud Credit: Twitter: @SDHCCEO

The former chief executive of South Devon NHS Trust has denied defrauding it by siphoning off more than £20,000 to a company run by her husband.

Paula Vasco-Knight is alleged to have carried out the frauds in 2012 and 2013 while she was in charge of the Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital.

Her husband Stephen has also denied receiving money fraudulently and businessman Habib Naqvi has denied facilitating the offence. The three counts of fraud include payments made to a company run by Mr Vasco-Knight, alleged details of rival bids for contracts being sent to him, and an unauthorised payment of £11,072 for work that was not done.

All three denied the allegations when they appeared at Exeter Crown Court and have now been released on bail before a two week trial in January.

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