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Live updates: May delays nuclear power station decision

Theresa May has delayed a decision on whether the UK's first new nuclear power station in a generation should be built.

Energy giant EDF earlier approved the deal for the £18 billion Hinkley Point power station but our Business Editor Joel Hills learnt late on Thursday that it was "not all systems go".

ITV News' Chris Ship said the prime minister had accepted French President Francois Hollande's offer of more time "to make up her mind".

A planned press conference with EDF's chief executive on Friday morning has been cancelled.

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EDF board member resigns ahead of Hinkley Point vote

Protests have been taking place against the new plant. Credit: PA

An EDF board member has resigned ahead of a vote in which the Hinkley Point nuclear plant is expected to be approved.

Gerard Magnin, one of 18 board members, said the project is financially "risky" and will steer France further away from renewable energy sources.

In a resignation letter to chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy, seen by Reuters, Magnin said he was disappointed EDF's strategy was moving more and more towards nuclear power.

"I no longer want to support a strategy that I do not agree with," Magnin wrote.

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