Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called on the Government to intervene and secure jobs in the UK nuclear industry, amid reports Toshiba is set to withdraw from investing in a planned £10 billion power station in Moorside in Copeland, Cumbria.
Speaking ahead of a visit to Copeland tomorrow, Tim Farron said:
"This news is a hammer blow for Cumbria. The nuclear industry is the backbone of the local economy and Toshiba's decision risks hurting the livelihoods of thousands of people.
"Only a few days ago Greg Clark was up here saying he would be personally 'vigorous' in ensuring that the multi-billion-pound Moorside project goes ahead.
"The government must now put its money where its mouth is and urgently intervene to secure investment in Moorside and protect jobs in Copeland.
"More broadly, Theresa May must abandon her reckless plans for a hard Brexit and exit from Euratom that are putting investment in the nuclear industry at risk."
Notes to Editors
On 9th February, Business Secretary Greg Clark said he'd be "personally vigorous" in ensuring the multi-billion Moorside project goes ahead (link)