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Workington

Workington

Major employers

Sellafield, National Nuclear Laboratory

Questions

  1. What will you do to increase investment and skill levels in the strategic industries, infrastructure and public services on which the UK’s security and prosperity depend?
  2. Will you ensure that the UK does not leave Euratom without putting in place equivalent arrangements, including mobility for nuclear specialist staff?
  3. Will you campaign for a nuclear deal that provides a secure future pathway for new build, decommissioning, nuclear R&D and regulation?
  4. Will you commission a review of the work and purpose of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority with the aim of growing the UK’s share of the worldwide £580bn decommissioning market?

Candidates’ responses

Clark Vasey (Conservative)

Response awaited

Sue Hayman (Labour)

What will you do to increase investment and skill levels in the strategic industries, infrastructure and public services on which the UK’s security and prosperity depend?

Labour will invest £250bn over 10 years in upgrading our economy and infrastructure. We can only build a 21st century economy in Cumbria on 21st century infrastructure. Our economy needs high quality roads and railways, and decent internet access. We also need to invest heavily in skills training and high-quality apprenticeships. As part of Labour's dynamic industrial strategy, we will provide free lifelong further education and training to deliver boosted productivity and growth to our economy while transforming lives and communities. Labour has a fully costed plan to invest billions into our public services, reversing years of decline, including £5bn a year for the NHS and over £6bn a year for schools.

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

Labour supports the UK remaining within Euratom - it's incredibly important for our local nuclear industry. I have spoken out against our withdrawal in Parliament and will continue to so if re-elected.

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

I want to see our local nuclear industry grow from strength to strength - nuclear must play a key role in our low-carbon electricity generation future. I want to see investment in the new-build at Moorside (which a Labour government would underwrite the cost of) and across the country, alongside continued investment in the huge ongoing decommissioning project at Sellafield. As chair of the All Party Group on nuclear energy, I have met frequently with Ministers to lobby them about the need for continued nuclear investment. The money is vital investment in our community and means thousands of jobs for local people.

What would you do to support the UK nuclear industry gaining a greater share of the estimated £150bn global decommissioning market?

The Labour manifesto explicitly mentions the global decommissioning opportunities for the British nuclear industry and the wider supply chain. In West Cumbria, we should be incredibly ambitious and aim to be the nuclear world leader, putting us firmly on the map as the place to do business in the nuclear industry.

Phill Roberts (Lib Dem)

Response awaited