campaigners urge Prime Minister: 'Stop Chinese deal now'
campaigners have called on the Prime Minister to halt planned
co-operation with the Chinese to develop Hinkley Point C near
project to build Hinkley
Point C received a £2billion boost this week when the
Chancellor announced the UK will guarantee a £2bn deal under
which China will invest in the new nuclear power station, paving
the way for a final investment decision on the project by French
energy company EDF.
the Stop Hinkley Campaign has written to David Cameron, urging
him to end co-operation with Chinese state-owned nuclear companies,
and not to invite them to invest in proposed new reactors in the
Hinkley Spokesperson Allan Jeffery said: "The campaign asks
the Prime Minister not to allow his name to go down in history
as the Prime Minister who sold the UK to China."
letter explains that China has an extremely poor human rights
record, and recent explosions at chemical plants in the eastern
Chinese province of Shandong, and in the northern port city of
Tianjin, which killed over 145 people, have exposed China's poor
health and safety record."
Chancellor George Osborne seems so desperate to get this project
off the ground that he is prepared to go cap in hand for finance
to a country with a lamentable human rights record and poor health
and safety record. The Prime Minister should end this charade