Lord King, who as Tom King was MP for Bridgwater from 1970 to 2001, recalls the impact of Hinkley Point nuclear power station on the area. He was MP during the construction of the second (B) station and shadow energy minister in the late 1970s.
Garry Graham, of the Prospect union which represents workers in the nuclear industry, welcomes today's announcement giving planning approval for a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
For many families in the area Hinkley means jobs. Our reporter Robert Murphy has met a family which has had two generations work in the power plant - and may have a third in years to come.
Energy Secretary Ed Davey addressing the House of Commons today (Tuesday 19 March).
– Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (Con, Bridgwater)
This is a phonemonally good day for Bridgwater and West Somerset. We are Hinkley ready.
The Labour Party says it strongly supports the Government's decision to approve the Hinkley C plans. Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, is addressing the House of Commons.
The Government has today (Tuesday 19 March) given the go-ahead for a new nuclear power plant to be built at Hinkley Point in Somerset. The energy secretary Ed Davey made the announcement in the House of Commons.
– John Sauven, Executive Director of Greenpeace
It will lock a generation of consumers into higher energy bills, via a strike price that's expected to be double the current price of electricity, and it will distort energy policy by displacing newer, cleaner, cheaper technologies. With companies now saying the price of offshore wind will drop so much it will be on par with nuclear by 2020, there is no rationale for allowing Hinkley C to proceed. Giving it the green light when there is no credible plan for dealing with the waste could also be in breach of the law.
– Kevin Coyne, National Officer, Unite
The construction of Hinkley Point C will create thousands of skilled construction jobs for the next five years, and around 800 jobs in the operation of the power station over the next 60 years. We hope Hinkley Point C is just the first in a fleet of new nuclear power stations which would create jobs in construction for the next 20 years. Nuclear is a crucial part of a balanced energy policy, to stop lights going out."