Burnham's MP calls for more transparency in nuclear industry talks
MP has endorsed a damning new report that criticises government
research and proposals to build new nuclear power stations, such
as Hinkley C, around the UK.
The report, entitled 'A Corruption of Governance?' was written
by the No Need for Nuclear campaign group and supported by Unlock
Democracy and the Association for the Conservation of Energy.
has been supported by a cross-party group of MPs, including Burnham's
MP, Tessa Munt and Martin Horwood, the Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham
and Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavillion.
The report raises concerns that both MPs and the public have allegedly
been "misled" by Government research into the need for
new nuclear power stations.
it claims that the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
commissioned research based on the assumption that ten new nuclear
reactors would be built, and then presented its research as 'evidence'
for the need of these new reactors.
report goes on to add that on the basis of other Government evidence,
there is no need for new nuclear in order to meet demand and reduce
emissions, nuclear is not the cheapest of the low-carbon technologies
and it sets out how successive Governments have been badly advised
for a long time.
Tessa Munt said: "I have made my opposition to nuclear power,
and particularly to the proposed new reactor at Hinkley Point
people are in favour of, or against, nuclear power, it is essential
that Parliament and the public are provided with accurate information
in Government reports and public documents."
and close scrutiny of dealings between Government and the nuclear
industry are crucial so the public can be confident that they
are not being misled by policy makers."
"I urge the Government to reopen the debate in Parliament
so we can be as objective as possible in this critical area."
Tessa Munt being interviewed on the BBC's Daily Politics Show
and, above, how Hinkley Point C will look