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Live reaction: Hinkley nuclear power plant approved by government

The Hinkley C nuclear power station will go ahead following a "new agreement" with EDF, the Government has confirmed.

Here are the major developments:

  • The Government announced the new deal on Thursday morning
  • Energy Minister Greg Clark described it as a "major step forward" and an £18 billion investment in the economy creating 26,000 jobs
  • Chinese company CGN, which is investing in the deal, said it was "very happy" and that it was now "able to move forward and deliver" nuclear capacity at Sizewell and Bradwell
  • Unions and the French government have welcomed the deal
  • But Greenpeace has slammed the decision
  • Labour said the plant was 'vital' for the economy but criticised the Government's negotiations
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Hinkley deal is 'winning lottery ticket' for local area

The green light on the Hinkley nuclear deal is like having the "winning lottery ticket" for the local area, ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn reports.

Workers at a Somerset factory, where they make electrical distribution switch gear, told ITV News that the deal made them feel "more secure" and "excited" at the prospect of working on the project.

Owner of Elecsis Switchgear Ltd, Chris Pratt, said that the project is an opportunity for expansion.

"We want to be able to make sure we can not only service Hinkley Point but service our long-term customers," he said.

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