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Stroud

Stroud

Major employers

EDF Energy, Magnox Nuclear, Cavendish Nuclear

Questions

  1. How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries – including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation – can prosper outside the single market?
  2. Will you publish a coherent long-term policy framework to secure the investment necessary to deliver secure, sustainable and affordable energy in the UK?
  3. Will you ensure that the UK does not leave Euratom without putting in place equivalent arrangements, including mobility for nuclear specialist staff?
  4. Will you campaign for a nuclear deal that provides a secure future pathway for new build, decommissioning, nuclear R&D and regulation?

Candidates’ responses

Neil Carmichael (Conservative)

Response awaited

David Drew (Labour)

I have a long history of working with Prospect members in the nuclear industry in Stroud and would take up where I left off if elected.  It is vital that any future government adopts a proper and long lasting industrial strategy.  Membership of Euratom remains vital.

Max Wilkinson (Lib Dem)

 How will you ensure that key, cross-border industries - including energy, telecoms, broadcasting, nuclear, science and aviation - can prosper outside the single market?

This is very difficult for me to answer as our policy in the Liberal Democrats is to remain inside the Single Market and if possible remain in the EU (depending on the outcome of a referendum on the final deal reached in the negotiations). As you are probably aware, the Liberal Democrats believe that leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union will prove disastrous for British industry. There will be a range of regulatory, competitive and practical challenges which will immediately stand in the way should we make the tragic error of leaving the Single Market. Doing this would, in my view be an act of unpatriotic vandalism to the British economy and there are no circumstnaces in which a Liberal Democrat government would allow it to happen.

What is your view on securing a coherent long-term policy framework for the investment necessary to deliver secure, sustainable and affordable energy in the UK?

Our energy policy looks to strike a balance between growing renewable energy sources and accepting an ongoing important role for nuclear power. Our key objectives are:

  • Pass a Zero Carbon Britain Act to set new legally binding targets to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2040 and to zero by 2050.
  • Set up a British Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank to mobilise investment into the low carbon and sustainable infrastructure the UK needs to remain competitive. Support the Paris agreement by ensuring the UK meets its own climate commitments and plays a leadership role in international efforts to combat climate change.
  • Expand renewable energy, aiming to generate 60% of electricity from renewables by 2030, restoring government support for solar PV and onshore wind in appropriate locations (helping meet climate targets at least cost) and building more electricity interconnectors to underpin this higher reliance on renewables.
  • Support investment in cutting-edge technologies including energy storage, smart grid technology, hydrogen technologies, off-shore wind, and tidal power (including giving the go-ahead for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon), and investing heavily in research and development.
  • Support an ambitious carbon capture and storage programme, which is essential for delivering clean industrial growth.
  • Oppose 'fracking' because of its adverse impact on climate change, the energy mix, and the local environment.

Will you ensure that the UK does not leave Euratom without putting in place equivalent arrangements, including mobility for nuclear specialist staff?

We believe that ongoing membership of Euratom is a key priority and it is a specific manifesto commitment that we have made.

Will you campaign for a nuclear deal that provides a secure future pathway for new build, decommissioning, nuclear R&D and regulation?

Our nuclear policy to accept that new nuclear power stations can play a role in electricity supply provided concerns about safety, disposal of waste and cost are adequately addressed, new technology is incorporated, and there is no public subsidy for new build.