Theresa May 'ducks Central Moorside question' on Copeland visit says GMB

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15th February 2017

PM crossing her fingers and toes and hoping lights stay on.

Theresa May’s speech in Copeland today ducked the central question over the Moorside nuclear reactor build, says GMB.

The PM refused to make any new guarantees following fears Toshiba may withdraw from the scheme.

The Moorside project was thrown into chaos yesterday when major investor Toshiba announced multi-billion pound losses causing their chairman to step down.

The Prime Minister was in Copeland to throw her weight behind the Tory candidate in the by-election on February 23.

A hustings for Copeland by-election candidates tonight will be an opportunity for nuclear workers and their families to ask candidates about the future of Moorside and the government’s £660m broken promises on pensions to Sellafield workers.

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Officer for Sellafield and Cumbria said:

"Theresa May has ducked the central question, just when strong leadership was required.

“It is crucial for the future of Moorside, for the economy and jobs in Copeland, and for the future security of Britain's electricity supply that there is a government backed Plan B.

“Theresa May and Greg Clark just crossing their fingers and toes will not guarantee the lights stay on if there is a further wobble with Toshiba.

"The people of Copeland and the country as a whole will not forgive politicians who fail to secure our energy needs.

“GMB's hustings tonight in Copeland for nuclear workers and their families will be dominated by questions to the candidates about the future of Moorside and the government’s £660m broken promises on pensions to Sellafield workers."