1, 2012 Burnham-On-Sea's
MP branded 'publicity-hungry lunatic' by Tory MP
MP Tessa Munt has been branded a "publicity-hungry lunatic"
by a Conservative MP this week after she was filmed with anti-nuclear
campaigners who were occupying a barn on the site of Hinkley Point's
proposed nuclear power station.
MP Ian Liddell-Grainger says he will be making a formal complaint
to House of Commons authorities over the alleged "illegal"
actions of Tessa Munt.
comes after Tessa visited the camp before EDF Energy, developers
of the proposed Hinkley C nuclear plant, brought a High Court
action and won a possession order and an injunction preventing
the campaigners' return.
A film showing Tessa Munt's visit appeared on YouTube,
as shown on the right.
Munt said that all but the last few feet of her route to the camp
from a public road was via a public footpath and she had conversations
with security staff as she passed.
Liddell-Grainger is angry at Ms Munts actions, including
the fact that she did not notify him that she was planning a visit
within his constituency, which he said is normal practice.
Liddell-Grainger said his constituency stands to gain a huge economic
boost from the construction of the new power station.
said: "All those benefits are apparently not worth having
as far as Ms Munt is concerned, which is an odd standpoint because
many of her own constituents are likely to end up being employed
on the site."
was actually on that site illegally and has now been seen to be
endorsing illegal activity. I would have thought her time would
have been better spent looking for employment opportunities for
her own constituency."
has apologised to him and sent a note to the Speaker of the House
of Commons saying that it was not her intention to cause Mr Liddell-Grainger
responded: "I am most surprised that Ian felt the need to
hit out in such an aggressive manner towards me in the press rather
than having a reasonable and more constructive meeting face to
face about his concerns."
is no secret that I am not in favour of nuclear power, but my
reasons have always been about what happens to the waste, which
will be in Somerset for hundreds of years to come."
have spoken to people in my constituency employed there many times
but it is also important to speak to people on the other side
they have a right to be heard, which is why I agreed to
go and listen to what they had to say. We live in a democracy
where people have the right to protest and we as politicians should
listen to all sides."
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