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Labour urged to end financial partnership with anti-nuclear company

Patrick McLoughlin in Copeland today
Patrick McLoughlin in Copeland today

[C]onservative Party Chairman Patrick McLoughlin has urged the Labour Party to stand up for the people of Copeland and end their financial partnership with anti-nuclear company, Ecotricity.

Following reports in the Sun that Labour’s by-election campaign in Copeland is being bankrolled by an anti-nuclear energy firm, Patrick McLoughlin has written to both Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour candidate, Gillian Troughton.

Writing separately to both, he urges them to reconsider the financial arrangement where the party receives £50 for every member that switches to Ecotricity, stating the deal ‘demonstrates a flagrant disregard for the people of Copeland’.

Ecotricity has called for nuclear power plants to be closed in 2025. These plans would see the demise of Sellafield Nuclear Complex that employs 10,000 Copeland workers and would block the creation of Moorside Nuclear Power Plant which is planned to bring 21,000 new jobs to the area.

Conservative Party Chairman Patrick McLoughlin MP said: “If the Labour candidate cannot stand up for the nuclear industry then she cannot represent Copeland.

“Rather than supporting ordinary working people, Labour are lining their own pockets. The nuclear industry supports thousands of jobs across the country and Labour is happy to turn this off.

“They have a leader who wants nuclear power plants decommissioned and won’t back the new development at Moorside that would create thousands of jobs – it’s clear they are only interested in investing in themselves.

“The Conservatives are the only party that will deliver the vital investment that will provide the jobs and better services that ordinary working Cumbrians deserve.”

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